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The Press Association 2020
Two Paris statues for the France of the colonial era have been daubed with red paint in the middle of a global movement to take down the monuments to the figures related to slavery or colonization.
A statue was of Hubert Lyautey, near the golden dome of the Invalides monument that houses the tomb of Napoleon.
Lyautey served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar, and Indochina when they were under French control, and later, it was France, the war minister during the First World War.
The other figure that was soaked in red shows Voltaire, a leading philosopher and French writer of the Enlightenment, which was a part of his fortune in the colonial trade.
The action came in the midst of the growing demands of the anti-racism activists in several countries to take down monuments that honour of prominent historical figures that have played a role in the slave trade or colonialism, in the wake of the global protests sparked by the May 25 death in the united states of George Floyd.