France has promised to return African artistic treasures, but only a few are really returning

The country seemed to be leading the process of restoring African cultural heritage, but one year after a groundbreaking report, little has been done

A year ago, French President Emmanuel Macron made a pioneering announcement: his country would return 26 artistic treasures stolen from Benin, a former African state. It was a bold statement by the leader of a former colonial power. He also received an independent report he had requested that caused shock waves in museums all over the world.

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