The administrative court of Poitiers, France, ordered the demolition a beautiful statue of Our Lady "in the name of secularism."
In Poitiers, Charles Martel’s army saved Christian Europe by stopping the Arab-Muslim advance in 732.
The statue is in La Flotte-en-Ré, a tourist resort on the Atlantic. It was erected in 1945 by a family after the return of their father and son from the war and was first displayed in a private garden.
In 1983, it was given to the municipality and installed at the present place. In 2020, the statue was destroyed by a motorist, but the municipality restored it.
La Libre Pensée – a group of church haters – sued the municipality under an outdated 1905 law forbidding religious emblems in public space.