The National Assembly approves the return of works of art in Benin and Senegal

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French deputies on Tuesday night passed the bill on the return of works of art in Benin and Senegal. Paris intends to return 26 pieces to Cotonou and saber of El Hadj Omar Tall to Dakar. The restitution project was unanimously voted on by the deputies, even the right-wing elected representatives supported it.

It is almost midnight in the half cycle, as several deputies burst with joy at the publication of the results. 49 votes in favor, 0 against. It was therefore unanimous that the deputies approved it the bill on the return ofworkingart in Benin and Senegal.

“Thank you very much for this unanimous vote. Know today that the National Assembly has sent an extraordinary signal to our African friends “, welcomes Franck Riester, the former Minister of Culture, who had to replace Roselyne Bachelot with a moment’s notice to defend text.

During the two-hour debate, almost all speakers welcomed this project of return. Opportunity for Deputy M’Jid El Guerrab to tell the highlight of the delivery in the form of a loan last year of said saber about El Hadj Omar Tall to the Senegalese authorities: “In the room, there were all the Senegalese Sufi fraternities who regarded the saber as an object of a power that one cannot imagine in the hemicycle today. My dear colleagues, everyone must be aware of this, today we are doing a very strong symbolic act. “

Slightly torn over this issue of return, the right wing finally supports the text despite the rejection of an amendment by a member of the Republicans on the conditions for receiving and preserving works to be returned to Benin. “It is with great responsibility that we wanted to support this bill, insofar as it, with a limited and targeted exception, organizes a process of returning a certain number of works,” explains Constance Le Greb, MP LR.

The next step will be the examination of the text by the senators before, it is hoped within the government, a final adoption before the end of the year.


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