CAIRO: The Egyptian Culture Ministry has submitted an official request to France to remove a statue showing famed French philologist Jean-François Champollion—who deciphered the famous Rosetta Stone in the 1820s—standing with his left foot on the head of an Egyptian pharaoh, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The statue was carved in 1870 and is currently located at the main courtyard of the Paris-based Collège de France.
“A letter has been sent to the French authorities to remove this statue and I’m confident that the French authorities will positively respond to the request,” Youm7 quoted Culture Minister Gaber Asfour saying Thursday.
The problem should be solved through understanding and dialogue, as well as opening up channels for communication, he added.
“Several Egyptian archaeologists have condemned the statue, describing it as shameful and insulting to Egyptian civilization,” archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Friday.
An official letter signed by over 200 prominent Egyptian archaeologists was already sent to the Egyptian Foreign and Antiquities Ministries earlier this year demanding the removal of the statue, Sabban added.