The government pledged in November 2018 to return the treasures of King Béhanzin, stolen from the Abomey Palace in 1892 during the colonial wars.
France will be returning to Benin on October 26, with the 26 pieces of art that were stolen from the Abomey Palace in 19th century.ecentury, as it had been committed to in 2018, announced the French President Emmanuel Macron.
“At October’s end, we will bring back 26 treasures from Benin.”Emmanuel Macron spoke in Montpellier during a round table discussion about the restitution for African looted art, in a ceremony held in the presence Patrice Talon (Beninese President).
“We also plan to do it with Ivory Coast.”He added.
This announcement is part of a commitment made in November 2018 to return 26 works of art claimed by Benin, from the “Béhanzin Treasury” looted at the Abomey Palace in 1892 during the colonial wars.
This decision followed a report by academics Bénédicte Savoy, from the Collège de France, and Felwine Sarr, from the University of Saint-Louis in Senegal.
These two specialists had created the conditions for sub-Saharan Africa to receive restitution of original works of art, which were taken during colonization.
These 26 pieces were returned to Benin by the French Parliament in December 2020. They are currently kept at Paris’ Quai Braly-Jacques Chirac Museum.
“They will be the pride of Benin. And because returning works to Africa means making their culture accessible to African youth, these restitutions will also be France’s pride ”Emmanuel Macron made the addition in a tweet.
One of the highlights is the restitution of African artifacts. “New relationship”That the French head-of-state intends to establish relations with the continent