Statue de Voltaire, Paris

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François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of several liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
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  • Walking the streets of St Germain I found Voltaire, very nice surprise and surrounded by flowers
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  • Located just behind the Institut de France and at the beginning of the rue de Seine, on the right, the very small Honoré champion square faces the Gabriel Pierné square. We must be careful to see this stone statue representing Voltaire. It is the work of the Grenoble sculptor and Illustrator Léon Ernest Drivier, who died in Paris in 1951 and was to take place on the Quai Malaquais. Finally it will be installed in its current place in 1962.
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