Reagan Receives Crystal Replica of Statue of Liberty
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Reagan received a crystal replica of the Statue of Liberty today as a gift from French President Francois Mitterrand and said it will have ″an honored place″ in the White House.
The presentation was made by French Ambassador Emmanuel de Margerie, accompanied by French actress Catherine Deneuve and Francois de Laboulaye, whose great grandfather had the idea of presenting the original statue to the United States.
Ms. Deneuve is the current model for the symbol of France known as Marianne, and de Laboulaye is a former ambassador to the United States. The actress is in the United States also to attend the start of a French film festival.
Also taking part in the ceremony was Jean-Louis Beffa, chairman and chief executive officer of Saint-Gobain, the French company that manufactured the crystal statue.
Reagan said he is looking forward to attending Independence Day ceremonies in New York on July 4 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the gift of the statue and hoped that Mitterrand and his wife can attend.
The White House ceremony marked the start of the Statue of Liberty centennial celebrations this year.
Similar crystal replicas will be presented tto the governors of every state and to Vice President George Bush and Speaker of the House Thomas P. O’Neill.