France to Send Second Statue of Liberty to US for Independence Day, Reports Say

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – France will send a second Statue of Liberty to the United States, 135 years after the first one, as a sign of commitment to strengthening the Franco-American relations, Journal Du Dimanche reported.

“This statue is a double symbol of freedom, but also of hospitality,” Ambassador of France in the US Philippe Etienne told.

According to the French newspaper, the statue will be sent to the US on 7 June and will arrive just in time for US Independence Day (4 July). It will stay in the US for 10 years.

The new statue is much smaller than the original, being only 2.83 meters in height and will be travelling to the US by a French-flagged ship in a specifically equipped container with sensors. It will arrive to New York and will be installed on Ellis Island, overlooking the first statue which stands on Liberty Island. It will then be transported to the residence of the Ambassador of France in Washington.

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