France’s Macron agrees to return 26 artworks to Benin

In a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers, 26 royal statues from the Palaces of Abomey will be given back.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron agreed today to return 26 artworks to Benin “without delay,” his office said.

The decision came as Macron received the findings of a study he had commissioned on returning African treasures held by French museums, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers.

He proposed gathering African and European partners in Paris next year to define a framework for an “exchange policy” for African artworks. …Read More

Pictured: Benin Royal statues (Facebook)

 

2018-11-26T11:19:44+00:00