France is sending the United States a new, smaller scale, Statue of Liberty this summer.
The nearly 10-foot-tall bronze statue, nicknamed the “little sister,” has been on display at the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM) in Paris, and will be installed on New York’s Ellis Island from July 1 to July 5, CNN reported.
“We want to send a very simple message: Our friendship with the United States is very important, particularly at this moment,” Olivier Faron, general administrator of the CNAM, told CNN. “We have to conserve and defend our friendship.”
The replica statue is 1/16 the size of the original Statue of Liberty, which represents the Roman goddess Libertas and was brought to New York in 1886 to strengthen ties between France and the United States.
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SOURCE: Insider, Kelly McLaughlin