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France to return thrones and statues
World | culture | 16:00, 24 November 2018 | 1323

AKIPRESS.COM - French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France will return 26 artworks taken from the west African state of Benin in the colonial era, BBC reports.

His announcement follows an experts' report recommending that African treasures in French museums be returned to their countries of origin.

The 26 thrones and statues were taken in 1892 during a colonial war against the then Kingdom of Dahomey.

They are currently on display in the Quai Branly museum in Paris.

Benin officially asked for their return some years ago. President Macron said the statues would be returned "without delay".

His office said the return of art to Benin should not be an isolated case.

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