at luxembourg gardens they have a statue for every woman who ever ruled any part of france. it's a lovely trope. each of them has a crown of spikes, to keep the birds off. statues of men in the same jardin are denied this courtesy. this statue, probably of one of the greek pantheon, of whom french royalty were so fond, was also apparently overlooked when the spike crowns were being distributed.
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