Flamme de la Liberté
(Flame of Liberty)
N 48° 51.851 E 002° 18.053
Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is located on pedestrian overpass over the Avenue des New York at Place de L'Alma, in Paris. It is directly above the underpass in which Princess Diana died in an automobile accident on on August 31, 1997. It is now become an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana.
The Flamme de la Liberté (The Flame of Liberty) is an exact, gold-leaf-covered, copy of the flame on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It was given to the City of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune and funded by public subscription at a cost of $400,000.
A plaque on the base of the flame is describes its purpose in English translation:
The Flame of Liberty. An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship. On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune. Paris 1887-1987.
More recently it has become a de facto shrine to the late Diana, Princess of Wales who died in an automobile accident in the tunnel below the Flame of Liberty on August 31, 1997.