November 28, 2017, in Ouagadougou, Emmanuel Macron, expressed its willingness to work to ensure that, “within five years, the conditions have to be met for refunds, temporary or definitive of the african heritage in Africa”. Then he commissioned a report, which was presented to him last Friday.

In the aftermath, he announced the intensification of the loans and co-operation. As well as the “return without delay” of the 26 treasures in Benin. These coins are currently kept at the Musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac. Its president reacts to these decisions.

LE FIGARO. Emmanuel Macron has announced that the France would return immediately 26 objects royal, Benin. When will leave the Quai Branly?

Stéphane Martin, president of Musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac. musée du quai Branly, Jacques Chirac / Thibaut Chapotot

Stéphane MARTIN. – These 26 iconic pieces form a coherent whole, from the palace of king Behanzin, eleventh king of Abomey. We all know their origin, how they were levied by the general Dodds in 1892, and then entered in the French collections. These 26 parts are exposed …

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