The removal of a statue of Voltaire in Paris sparked outrage Monday, with many on social media accusing the mayor’s office of bowing to so-called cancel culture.
An official from Paris city hall, however, said the statue had only been removed temporarily for cleaning and restoration after it was vandalized.
Voltaire, a leading French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, strongly came out against slavery in his writings but likely owed part of his fortune to colonial-era trade, according to historians. His statue has been vandalized several times since the movement to take down monuments linked to slavery spread to France.
Several politicians and journalists retweeted and reacted to the news, including lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche (LREM).
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