Statue of de Gaulle in the National Museum of China

February 11, 2015

National Museum of China

The National Museum of China (in Tiananmen Square, Beijing) has placed a statue of former French president, Charles de Gaulle,  on permanent display.

The bronze statue, by Jean Cardot is a replica of one on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. It was unveiled by the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as part of the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Paris and the People’s Republic.

In 1964, De Gaulle was the first western leader to establish full formal ties with Beijing, against the wishes of the US.

Photo by Erin van V (National Museum of China) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons