Protesters daub French colonial-era statues in red paint
PARIS (AP) — Two statues related to France’s colonial era have been daubed with red paint amid a global movement to take down monuments to figures tied to slavery or colonialism. One of the statues targeted Monday is of Hubert Lyautey, near the gold-domed Invalides monument that houses Napoleon’s tomb. Lyautey served in Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar and Indochina when they were under French control, and later was France’s minister of war during World War I. The other statue drenched in red is of Voltaire, a leading thinker and writer of the French Enlightenment, who owed part of his fortune to colonial-era trade.