MACRON URGED TO AL­LOW AR­TI­FACTS’ RE­TURN TO AFRICA

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

France should change her­itage laws to fa­cil­i­tate the re­turn of thou­sands of African art­works pil­laged or bought dur­ing the colo­nial era, gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed ex­perts are to ad­vise Em­manuel Macron, the pres­i­dent.

If ap­proved, it would amount to a rad­i­cal pol­icy shift that could pile pres­sure on ex-colo­nial pow­ers to hand back ar­ti­facts. The re­port fol­lows calls to re­turn cul­tural trea­sures to Africa, amid es­ti­ma­tions that up to 90 per cent of its cul­tural her­itage is in for­eign hands.

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