The Ato ceremony of the Kingdom of Dahomey, circa 1934, is pictured, on June 18, 2018 at the Quai Branly Museum-Jacques Chirac in Paris. Image: Gerard Julien/ AFP
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In 2016 Benin demanded the repatriation of a part of its treasures from the Kingdom of Dahomey. They include totems, sceptres and sacred doors from the Royal Palaces of Aboma which are held at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. French troops took them between 1892 and 1894.
On Tuesday Macron hosted his Beninese counterpart Patrice Talon for a ceremony to return 26 of the treasures. A 2018 report by French experts recommended a change in the law and the return of artefacts held in museums to Africa.
Ivory Coast has also requested the return of more than 100 works of art, and Senegal has asked France to return all works taken from there.