Statue of Liberty replica

Statue of Liberty replica

Two replicas of the Statue of Liberty are found in Paris, France. One stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Another, larger, one is near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île des Cygnes, an island in the river Seine. Dedicated on November 15, 1889, it looks towards the Atlantic Ocean and hence towards its "larger sister" in New York Harbor, which had been erected three years earlier. It is shown in the movie Frantic. A life-size copy of the torch can be seen near the Champs Elysees in Paris. It was given to the city as a return gift in honor of the Centennial Celebration of the statue's dedication. The irony is that the torch is on top of the car tunnel where the fatal accident where Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed, and their driver Henri Paul were killed. Since pedestrians are not allowed in the tunnel. The torch became an unofficial memorial to the Princess. Another replica is the Bordeaux Statue of Liberty. This 2.5-m (8 ft) statue is in the city of Bordeaux in Southwest France. The first Bordeaux statue was taken down and melted by the Nazis in World War II. The statue was replaced in 2000 and a plaque was added to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On the night of March 25, 2003, unknown vandals poured red paint and gasoline on the replica and set it on fire. The vandals also cracked the pedestal of the plaque. The mayor of Bordeaux, former prime minister Alain Juppé, condemned the attack.

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