Hitler bust found in the cellar of the French Senate
PARIS – The French Senate announced Wednesday that it was investigating the discovery of a bust of Hitler, a vestige of the Nazi occupation of Paris, in the cellar of the upper house of Parliament.
Le Monde newspaper revealed that the 35-centimeter-high bust was found with a Nazi flag measuring two by three meters (79 x 118 inches) in the vault of the Senate in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
“I was not aware of the presence of this bust,” Senate President Gérard Larcher told reporters, adding that he had ordered an in-depth inventory of all the objects housed in the cellar.
Larcher, whose office was once that of German Marshal Hugo Sperrle, said he was “certain” that Senate staff had not attempted to conceal the presence of the metal effigy.
Between 1940 and 1944, the majestic Senate Palace in the Luxembourg Gardens was occupied by the Nazi command staff of the Luftwaffe for the Western Front.
It was liberated by the allied forces and the French resistance fighters on August 25, 1944, after a week of fighting.