France Proposes Framework Law for Restitution of Cultural Property to African Countries

ArtDependence Magazine,
03 May 2023, France

This report, entitled Shared heritage: universality, restitution and circulation of works of art, proposes a doctrine and method for reviewing and processing restitution requests.

It is part of the dynamic launched by the President of the Republic during his speech in Ouagadougou in 2017 calling for the possibility of restoring African cultural property and strengthening cultural partnerships between France and Africa. Since 2017, France has made its heritage and museum cooperation with the countries of the African continent one of its priorities, in close coordination between the embassies and the services and operators of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.