Lady Liberty and Joan of Arc Statues
Swapped As 'Sign of Friendship'
PARIS (AP) -- President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday confirmed the swapping of two national treasures, the American Statue of Liberty and the French Joan of Arc statue, as a continueing and, as Obamna remarked, a 'renewed sign of friendship' between the new nations.
According to the pact, Lady Liberty, formerly situated in New York City harbour, would find a new island home in the Seine here, in the shadow another Paris landmark, the Effiel Tower. The Jeanne D'Arc statue, once in the square in front of Paris City Hall, has been moved to Philadelphia, to a site near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In another gesture of friendship, the presidents said that the respective cities will be renamed, claiming the pronunciation of other country. Paris, pronouced in French as 'Paree,' will henceforth be known as 'Pa-reece.' Philadelphia will adopt the French pronunciation and spelling as 'Philadelphie.'
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