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In pictures: Paris' new museum

French President Jacques Chirac next to a reproduction of a Mexican Chupicuaro sculpture

French President Jacques Chirac has inaugurated an important new museum of indigenous art in Paris.

Funerary poles from Papua New Guinea are displayed

The opening has proved controversial as some critics say such a museum perpetuates the notion of Western superiority over other cultures.

French President Jacques Chirac, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf

But Mr Chirac says the museum "pays homage to people who have been brutalised and exterminated by their conquerors throughout history, people humiliated and scorned".

French President Jacques Chirac greets Aboriginal John Mawumdjul

It is also proving to be a showcase for new arts such as Aboriginal works from Australia.

Woman looks at plant-covered front of the museum

The new museum is housed in a contemporary building designed by architect Jean Nouvel near the Eiffel Tower.

Exhibit at the Quai Branly museum

It brings together some 300,000 objects from Asia, Africa and Australasia and is due to open to the public on Friday.




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