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A Letter to President Macron: Reparations Before Restitution

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

In the wake of initiatives to repatriate Africa’s stolen property, the author of this letter asks the French President to repair what his ancestors have broken, before attempting to restore the war trophies of colonial conquest. By Manthia Diawara, Hyperallergic — “All of the elements for a solution to the major problems of humanity existed at one time or another in European thought. But the Europeans did not act on…

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Emmanuel Macron at a ceremony to start the construction of the first metro line in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, last week

Macron rules out reparations for colonialism

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By RFI — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for “reconciliation” of the ways former colonisers and colonised remember the past but ruled out reparations. Macron toured three African countries, two of them former French colonies, last week and is soon to visit Algeria. In a TV interview recorded while he was in Ghana on Thursday, Macron told a young Frenchwoman of Congolese origin that it would be “totally ridiculous”…

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