Protesters smeared French colonial statues in red paint

Protesters smeared French colonial statues in red paint

PARIS (AP) – Two statues of Paris related to France’s colonial era were smeared in red on Monday amid a global movement to destroy monuments to figures associated with slavery or colonialism.

A statue was of Hubert Lyautey, near the golden-domed Invalides monument that houses Napoleon’s tomb. Lyautey served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar, and Indochina when under French control, and later served as the French War Minister during World War I.

The other figure, drenched in red, shows Voltaire, a leading French Enlightenment thinker and writer, who owed part of his fortune to colonial-era trade.

The action stemmed from the growing demand from anti-racism activists in several countries to destroy monuments honoring prominent historical figures who played a role in the slave trade or colonialism, following global protests caused by the death of May 25 in the United States. USA from George Floyd.

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