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Paris cleans-up makeshift memorial for terror victims

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Paris cleans-up makeshift memorial for terror victims

<p>Authorities in Paris have begun a clean-up operation at the Place de la Republique which became a people’s shrine amid the spate of terror attacks that have spilled so much blood on French soil.</p> <p>For many in the city, the sight of the makeshift memorial being restored to its former glory is deeply emotional.</p> <p>It marks the end of an era for a gathering point where Parisians and visitors found solace in the most desperate of times.</p> <p>“I think it is sad,” said Paris resident, Bernard. </p> <p>“It is like desecrating a cemetery. The names of several of my friends were up there on the list of victims of the many attacks. All that has gone now, they are forgotten.”</p> <p>“On the one hand, I think it is very good that it gets back, to some extent, to what it was before,” said Christine from Geneva.</p> <p>“But on the other hand, it is what everyone has experienced here, everything they witnessed.”</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRANCE?src=hash">#FRANCE</a> Clean up begins on terror landmark place de la Republique in Paris photo by Thomas Samson <a href="https://t.co/LzNsWvEBl7">pic.twitter.com/LzNsWvEBl7</a></p>— AFP Photo Department (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/760411477698306048">2 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>The latest phase is about removing graffiti from the statue of Marianne, a figure representing the French Republic. Remaining objects like toys, candles and flowers were taken away on Monday.</p> <p>“We have collected everything, kept everything in our archives in Paris City Hall,” said Bruno Julliard, the Deputy Mayor of Paris. </p> <p>“We photographed what couldn’t be collected. We thought the time had come to give back to this statue its aesthetic appearance which makes it very beautiful.”</p> <p>Marianne has been the silent witness to an outpouring of grief. </p> <p>From Charlie Hebdo to the Bataclan and beyond – the fear is that France has not finished yet with terror or with tears.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Paris starts work to clean up 'terror memorial' at Place de la République <a href="https://t.co/nDXnAen4WX">https://t.co/nDXnAen4WX</a> <a href="https://t.co/ISV91ddBlE">pic.twitter.com/ISV91ddBlE</a></p>— The Connexion (@ConnexionFrance) <a href="https://twitter.com/ConnexionFrance/status/760390219006902272">2 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/34/03/340336/600x400_bonus-0936ee64-acd9-4d6d-b0be-cd655534b9a7800.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Photo: Natalia Liubchenkova /euronews</em></p>