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, at the end of a trip surrounded by multiple reserves from Paris.
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.
The two heads of diplomacy insisted that the values symbolized by the statue, such as freedom, liberation and law, must be reaffirmed, stressing the continuing “fraternity” between France and the United States.
“Faced with the brutality of the world, the powerful struggles everywhere, the rivalry of forces, the rejection of rules, it is important to remember the basics. We share the basics,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian.
“Our partnership, our work together, and our common destiny are as important – I would say more important – today than ever before. We both feel, together, that we continue this wonderful journey with the United States and France, together,” said Anthony Blinken in French.
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. “Liberty enlightening the world.” .
“The little sister has arrived,” said the French ambassador to Washington, Philippe Etienne.
“She spent a week in New York to celebrate America’s National Day – Independence Day – she was on Ellis Island, she was looking at her older sister. Now he is in place for July 14th.
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.