PARIS – The Paris city council is cleaning graffiti and posters off the Place de la Republique statue on the square that became the focal point for mourning after deadly attacks in the French capital.
The cleaning of the makeshift memorial, which started earlier this month, is set to be completed by Aug. 11.
Paris officials said the objects gathered during the cleanup will be preserved in the city's archives and at the Carnavalet Museum, which is dedicated to the history of Paris.
Parisians gathered at the square after the deadly attacks at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris in January 2015. Paris residents then paid tribute to the victims of the city's Nov. 13 attacks, which claimed 130 lives, by laying flowers and decorating the monument.