France bid ‘bon voyage’ to its miniature version of the Statue of Liberty on June 7, sending the petite likeness on a 10-year goodwill mission to Washington DC.
Video posted by the United States Embassy in France shows the statue being hoisted from her spot in front of Paris’s National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts.
According to the embassy, the bronze replica, weighing more than 1,000 pounds and standing nearly 10 feet tall, was going to spend a week, including July 4, on Ellis Island in front of its “big sister” before settling into her home at the French Embassy in Washington just in time for Bastille Day. The statue will be installed at the embassy for a decade, according to reports.
“This Atlantic crossing renews and strengthens our shared attachment to what we believe in, the foundations of our relationship,” diplomat Liam Wasley, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, said. Credit: United States Embassy in France via Storyful