* Statue depicting colonial administrator Hubert Lyautey was targeted by vandals
* A monument to Voltaire – who profited from the slave trade – was also attacked
* Statues have become topics of debate in wake of Black Lives Matter protests
* Many in opposition claim removing them is ‘re-writing countries’ history’
Two statues have been doused with red paint in Paris amid a global movement to tear down monuments with links to colonialism and slavery.
Statues depicting colonial administrator Hubert Lyautey and Voltaire – who profited from the slave trade – were drenched in red by protesters in the French capital.
Statues and monuments have become topics of debate – and in many cases, targets of vandalism – in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd in the US.
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Paris statues of Voltaire and a colonial-era general splashed with red paint — France 24
Protesters daub French colonial-era statues in red paint — ABC News/AP
Statues of French Philosopher Voltaire and Colonial Leader Lyautey Defaced in Paris — Spuntik