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Statue of Liberty Replica Vandalized

March 27, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Vandals in Bordeaux, France, scorched a replica of the Statue of Liberty and cracked the pedestal of a plaque honoring victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials said.

The crowned head of the 8-foot-tall statue was blackened by fire and its eyes were marked with red paint, apparently to symbolize tears of blood, an official at the mayor's office said.

Mayor Alain Juppe condemned the attack. The Lady Liberty standing in New York Harbor was a gift from France.

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