PARIS (AP) _ The mayor of Paris urged the public to donate money Tuesday to build a statue of Winston Churchill, chiding his countrymen that London already has one of the wartime French leader Charles de Gaulle.

Calling the late British prime minister ``the man of V for victory,'' Mayor Jean Tiberi asked the French to dig deep to finance the estimated $250,000 statue.

The statue, to be sculpted by Jean Cardot, is to be placed on the edge of the Petit Palais museum off the Champs-Elysees, and the facing street, Cours La Reine, will be named in Churchill's honor.

Tiberi noted that Churchill gave de Gaulle's Free France political, financial and technical support during the war, including giving de Gaulle access to the British Broadcasting Corp. airwaves to talk to Nazi-occupied France.