Lenin statue rubs elbows with de Gaulle, sparking outrage in France

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Georges Freche, a historian who was mayor of the provincial French city for 27 years until 2004, has commissioned French sculptor Francois Cacheux to produce the works, which weigh from 850 to 1,000 kilograms and cost around 200,000 euros ($260,000).

The first five are well on the way to being installed on a square in the west of Montpellier. French socialist Jean Jaures, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, French leader Charles de Gaulle and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt caused no trouble.

But then came the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, Vladimir Lenin.

French officials are not pleased. President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP was reportedly outraged to find General de Gaulle standing in apparent solidarity with Lenin....

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