Macron leads the ceremony for the return of Benin’s treasures looted under colonialism

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French President Emmanuel Macron presides over a special ceremony on Wednesday at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, where 26 objects stolen from the kingdom of Abomey by French colonial forces in 1892 will be handed over to the Republic of Benin.

The 26 pieces in the collection known as “Trésors d’Abomey” were looted by French forces in 1892 and were the subject of a final exhibition at the Quai Branly museum before being shipped to the country. from West Africa later this month.

The decision to return them follows growing calls in Africa for European countries to return colonial museum loot.

Shortly after his election in 2017, Macron pledged to “do everything possible” to return some of the African cultural heritage looted by colonial France.

The 26 objects from the kingdom of Dahomey, now Benin, were chosen to be returned from their exhibition at the Quai Branly museum in Paris.

Click on the video player to watch the entire ceremony.

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