- Title: FRANCE: THE LONG-AWAITED BUST OF THE NEW "MARIANNE" IS UNVEILED IN PARIS.
- Date: 24th November 1999
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (23 NOVEMBER 1999) (REUTERS) 1. MV: LAETITIA CASTA AND VARIOUS MAYORS STANDING NEAR BUST BEFORE UNVEILING 0.01 2. MCU: BUST UNVEILED 0.10 3. SV: CASTA POSING WITH BUST 0.12 4. CU: CLOSE UP OF CASTA AND BUST 0.19 5. GV/PAN: WIDE OF CONFERENCE ROOM WITH MAYORS 0.26 6. GV/PAN/CU: CASTA POSING WITH CHEQUE/ MEDIA/ MAYOR JEAN-PAUL DELEVOYE, LAETITIA CASTA AND MRS LINO VENTURA POSING IN FRONT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS (3 SHOTS) 0.53 7. MV: (SOUNDBITE) (FRENCH) LAETITIA CASTA SAYING : "Thank you for electing me. I hope I'll be up to the Marianne and I hope that you will not be disappointed with me. You don't know me very very well, just through photos, but now I am revealing a little bit more of myself". 1.15 8. SV: VARIOUS OF THE BUST OF THE MARIANNE 1.18 9. CU: CLOSE UP OF FRANCE'S MOTTO "LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY" 1.22 10. SV/CU: MORE SHOTS OF BUST (2 SHOTS) 1.29 11. VARIOUS FILE OF BUST IN PREPERATION 2.40 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th December 1999 12:00
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Reuters ID: LVAATUU1W986J68UB2E3NVALGBI7
- Story Text: All French townhalls will soon have a bust of the
glamorous supermodel Laetitia Casta, who's image is being used
to symbolize the Republic in the 21st-century.
The bust of the new Marianne was unveiled at the
annual conference of the mayors' association AMF on Tuesday
Tradition has it that a donation is made by the new
Marianne to a charitable organization.This year, Laetitia
Casta handed over a cheque of 100,000 French Francs to Lino
Ventura Foundation for mentally handicapped children.
Casta thanked all the mayors who elected her, although
most of them did not really know her or just through
She said she was delighted to be the new Marianne.
"I hope I will be up to the Marianne and I hope that you
will not be disappointed with me" she said.
Casta, who was chosen by the mayors of France among five
finalists, got 36 percent of the vote.The brown-haired
millionaire will succeed Catherine Deneuve as the model for
the white plaster bust gracing each of the country's 36,778
In the first poll organized to choose the symbol of the
Republic, the mayors of France had been given the task to
seek "a working woman of her times" combining "solidarity,
openness and tolerance".
Among the finalists, only television producer and
journalist Daniela Lumbroso could reasonably claim to be
competing less on the grounds of lamour than for being a model
working woman.She got the poorest score of five percent.
Model Estelle Halliday got 29 percent, windsurfing champion
Nathalie Simon got 16 percent, and singer Patricia Kaas got 14
The 19th century produced warrior Mariannes and motherly
ariannes but more recent versions have favoured theglamorous
variety.The latest bust that town halls are obliged to
display are modelled on the features of Catherine
Deneuve in 1985.Her immediate predecessors were singer
Mireille Mathieu and actress Brigitte Bardot.
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