Q - According to the representative body of black associations in France (CRAN), France has refused to agree to Benin’s request to return cultural property looted during the colonial period and now on display at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. What do you have to say about that?
A - The legal principles of inalienability, statutory limitations, and the immunity from seizure of public collections, which are in effect in France, are permanent and well known.
The protection and showcasing of cultural property have long been an area of cooperation between France and Benin. We hope to take it even further.
A dialogue is under way in this regard between the culture ministries of France and Benin.