09 March, 2012

Josephine Baker gave her name to her new street of Angers

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She was, in her time, France between the first and the second world war, "The artist". Josephine Baker (1906-1975) gave her name on March 9th to a street of the new Angers district, Les Hauts de Saint-Aubin, unveiled by Frédéric Beatse, mayor. 

The event was the concrete translation of the Women's Day and an appropriate recognition of the quality of Josephine Baker during her different lives as dancer, singer, actress, spy during the second world war (Baker assisted the French Resistance by smuggling secrets written in invisible ink on her sheet music), activist (she is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States) and mother of twelve adopted children.

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Born in Saint-Louis (Missouri, Usa), she renounced her American citizenship in 1937 to become French. Numerous places pay tribute to that woman : in France as well as in United States. Mr Beatse wished the new street and the new district be places of "exchange, diversity and équality", the most revered demand in contemporary France. An Angers town councillor said that "In Angers, many streets bear the names of men, as a mark of diversity, we wished that street had the name of a memorable woman in history".

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