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The Louvre is returning sculptures to West Africa. Here's how - and why - Emmanuel Macron made it happen.

Jan 02, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

After years of steadfast resistance, the French government declared on Nov. 23 that it would return 26 sculptures and other artifacts to the Republic of Benin, a nation in West Africa formerly colonized by France. This move, ordered directly by President Emmanuel Macron, is not just a policy reversal - it also marks a startling break with a cherished national self-conception.

As Macron himself has put it, France is among the very few countries in the world "obsessed with universality," wha...