Until 2024, France plans to return cultural artefacts taken from their African countries of origin. Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr have been tasked by President Emmanuel Macron to look into the matter.
From African cultural treasures to artworks and even human remains, calls have been growing louder to return goods appropriated by colonial powers during their often brutal reigns across Africa. But is it mostly talk?
Art historian Benedicte Savoy and economics researcher Felwine Sarr spoke to DW about the return of looted objects from France, as museums around Europe grapple with the question of what to do with colonial artifacts.
African museum directors have welcomed an expert report advising the French government to return thousands of cultural artifacts and artworks. The move could put pressure on other former colonizers, Germany included.
Up to 90 percent of Africa's art treasures are believed to originate from outside the continent. On the day a report is published in France, a number of artworks claimed by Benin are being returned.
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