“I came here to take back what was stolen and looted from us,” says an African, holding a statue at the Louvre in France pic.twitter.com/WkBthdGDLQ
– DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) October 25, 2020
Much of Africa’s cultural heritage is exhibited in Europe. The Quai Branly Museum in Paris is home to some 70,000 African objects, and the British Museum in London holds thousands more, French art historian Benedicte Savoy told Reuters in 2018.
France is committed to returning the looted treasures in order to restore the cultural heritage of Africa. A 2018 study commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron recommended that French museums return works that have been taken without consent if African countries so request. To date, France is preparing to return 26 works of African art – out of some 90,000 works that would be kept in French museums, most of them at Quai Branly.