The president of France visited the Statue of Liberty on Thursday along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
President Nicolas Sarkozy and Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a ferry to the monument in an early celebration of the statue's 125th anniversary on Oct. 28.
"It is not simply a statue," Sarkozy said in French, according to a translator. "It is a notion, an idea, an emblem. It is for all people of the world."
Sarokozy said France and America share the same notion of what freedom means, and he said France will never forget the Americans who died liberating the country in World War II.
The statue was a gift from France to the United States.
With the Associated Press