Museums: Payback Time?

The ancient artifacts that pack our most prestigious museums, in Paris, in London and beyond… Should we give’ back each and every item?As we continue to reassess the era in which these pieces were “found” we realize that many items were in fact taken without permission. Do we have a moral value to give back what belongs to other countries??


Debate moderated by France 24's Mark Owen with guests:

Mahmoud ISMAÏL, Architect and Director of the Egyptian cultural centre in Paris
Jean-Jacques NEUER, Lawyer and Antiquities and artwork specialist
Mark ROSE, Online Editor of Archaeology Magazine (By phone from Long Island City, USA)
Stephen MEHLER, Research Director of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association and Independent Archaeologist (By phone from Colorado, USA)

Programme prepared by Perrine Desplats, Bilal Tarabey and Stéphanie Paviet

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