French official favors returning looted books to Korea

A senior French official visiting Seoul indicated yesterday that old Korean documents looted by French troops some 140 years ago should be returned. He Says “Memory is very important. It’s difficult to explain to curators and librarians. If it is important to a country, it should clearly be yours,” said Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, director of CulturesFrance, in an interview with The Korea Herald.

He made the remarks when asked about the possibility of the permanent return of the books.