About 135 years after her older sister arrived in New York, the Statue of Liberty was installed in a scale model in Washington as a sign of French-American friendship.
The nearly 3-meter-high statue was inaugurated Wednesday afternoon by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, accompanied by his US counterpart Anthony Blinken.
It is urgent to stress the values the statue symbolizes, such as freedom, liberation and law, as the two heads of diplomacy insisted, stressing the continuing “fraternity” between France and the United States.
“Faced with the brutality of the world, the powerful struggles everywhere, the competition of forces, and the rejection of rules, it is important to remember the basics. And the basics, we shareJean-Yves Le Drian said.
“Our partnership, our work together, and our common destiny are just as important – and I would say more important – today than ever before. We both feel, together, to continue this wonderful journey with the United States and France, together‘ said in French, Anthony Blinken.
The bronze statue is now located in the garden of the residence of the French ambassador to the United States, after a crossing that saw him pass near Liberty Island, south of Manhattan, where the monumental work was held. .
“Little sister has arrivedThe French ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne, congratulated.
“She spent a week in New York, on the occasion of the American national holiday – Independence Day – she was on Ellis Island, she was looking at her older sister. And now it’s July 14“, he added.
On loan from the National Institute of Arts and Crafts (CNAM) and cast on the same mold used by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the statue traveled in a custom-designed plexiglass coffin strapped to a container transported by French ship owner CMA-CGM.