What to do with the statues and monuments of discord? The response from New York, Bordeaux and Paris

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What to do with the statues and monuments of discord? The response from New York, Bordeaux and Paris


Calls for debunking statues linked to the history of colonization and slavery are increasing in several countries. Municipalities have found original alternatives.

With the extension of the Black Lives Matter movement, several statues of characters whose history is associated with those of slavery or colonization were unbolted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium or France. For Emmanuel Macron, the Republic “will not unbolt statues”.

Except whether or not to dismantle statues, it is not the President of the Republic, or the government, who decides. In France, as in the United States, it is primarily the municipalities. For sociologist Sarah Gensburger, who works on collective memory, some cities have even found original ways of dealing with these statues of discord. This is the case in New York, in the United States, but also in Bordeaux and Paris.

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