DIPLOMACY – One hundred and thirty-five years after the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty in New York, a second Lady Liberty will be sent to the United States by France, unveils The JDDthis Sunday May 30. According to the newspaper, on June 7 in Paris will begin the journey of this statue, much smaller than the first.
From the height of its 2.83 meters, Miss Liberty will arrive in New York on July 4, for the American national holiday, then will be transported to Washington where it will be exposed in the gardens of the residence of the Ambassador of France. She will stay there ten years, period of the loan granted by the Conservatory to the Quai d’Orsay.
The objective: “to pay tribute to all those who, on both sides of the Atlantic, made it possible to build the Statue of Liberty and who fought for what it symbolizes throughout the world”, explains the JDD.
If the project is public, the funding will remain private. For the trip, the shipowner CMA-CGM was chosen by the State. The company created a bespoke sarcophagus protected by transparent Plexiglas to wrap the statue and a unique container equipped with sensors. It will cross the Atlantic from Le Havre, aboard the container ship Tosca under the French flag.
Upon arrival in New York, the statue will first go to Ellis Island, which houses the US National Museum of Immigration. She will face her big sister (who measures 93m), on Liberty Island. She will then be taken to Washington. It will finally be installed in the owner of the Ambassador of France, exposed in his garden, “visible to all from the street”, according to the latter.
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