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Statue Removed from French Town for Being Too Well Endowed

The government of the French town of Neuville-en-Ferrain commissioned a statue of Marianne, a traditional symbol of the French Revolution. After protests by the mayor and other residents, the statue was removed for having a little too much up top:

“It was making people gossip,” said one town hall employee. “Remarks were made, during weddings for example.”

Mayor Gerard Cordon persuaded councillors to approve 900 euros in this year’s budget to buy a replacement, a more conventional bust of Marianne modelled on the statuesque French model Laetitia Casta.

The artist who made the rejected bust, Catherine Lamacque, said she gave it outsized breasts deliberately, “to symbolise the generosity of the Republic.”

I suspect that had it been a full nude in the Academic tradition, no one would have noticed.

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