Seine statue dressed in lifejacket by eco-activists
A statue of a solidier that Parisians use as a marker of rising water levels in the Seine has been kitted out with a lifejacket in a stunt to highlight global warming.
The ‘Zouave’ statue on the Pont de l’Alma was dressed in a lifejacket by two climbers who abseiled down.
The Fondation Goodplanet, an ecological organisation founded by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, was behind the stunt and also unfurled a banner on the bridge saying ‘Get ready for global warming’.
Mr Arthus, who was present to see the statue dressed up, called it a ‘beautiful symbol’ and warned that global warming is causing loss of biodiversity.
‘Zouaves’ were a French light-infantry corps, originally formed of Algerians.
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