The World: A Fetching New Symbol of France

IN the mayor's office of the small town of Thiron-Gardais near Chartres, young couples exchange wedding vows beneath a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the Republic of France. But the long familiar statue now has a new and different look. Although she still wears the customary Phrygian hat, her habitually austere visage has been replaced by a generous mouth and her torso by an even more generous cleavage. The face and figure, done in white plaster with bronze patinas, are unmistakably those of Brigitte Bardot.

This latest role for BB was conceived...

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