France: Paris mayor marks national day of the abolition of slavery

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo led a ceremony commemorating the national day of the abolition of slavery, alongside a number of officials in Paris on Friday. The event was held on the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the 'Broken Irons', a tribute to former slave General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. «Ten years ago, on April 4, 2009, we were all gathered in this same place to celebrate the unveiling of... Еще the work dedicated to General Thomas Alexandre Dumas. We were gathered to discover this monumental representation 5 metres high, these slave irons that greatly symbolise the origin of General Dumas», said mayor of Paris's 17th district Geoffroy Boulard, while speaking nearby the artwork. Hidalgo stressed the importance of reflecting on France's history, as she said: «It is surely by recalling with lucidity, the darkest hours, that we find our dignity. It is because we are not unaware of our past that we can protect the future.» The date was chosen by former French president Jacques Chirac and it falls on the same day of the French Parliament's adoption of the Taubira Law which recognised the transatlantic black slave trade and slavery on May 10, 2001.

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