Berlin's Replica Chocolate Wall Torn Down In Paris

Award winning French chocolatier Patrick Roger marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by tearing down his own chocolate replica on Monday in Paris. Amid a small public gathering at his
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PTI November 10, 2009 10:53 IST

Award winning French chocolatier Patrick Roger marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by tearing down his own chocolate replica on Monday in Paris.

Amid a small public gathering at his Left Bank chocolate shop, Roger pushing a 100 kilogram (220.5 pounds) section of the chocolate wall to the ground much to the delight of the onlookers. 

The second one-and-a-half metre (4.9 feet) long section of the wall Roger destroyed with hammer. 

Ten thousand Euros (nearly $ 15,000) worth of chocolate smashed in seconds.  Delighted Parisians scooped up the free pieces of shattered chocolate and stuffed them into bags provided by the shop.

The chocolatier has spent the last month making his chocolate wall in fifteen sections with a total weight of nine hundred kilograms (1984.2 pounds).

"This is only chocolate, it is difficult to comprehend how extraordinary the fall of the actual wall must have been. But when I heard the noise of this wall falling down, I could feel it, it was if my hair was standing on end. It was really electric," said Roger.

Several of the sections bear the hallmarks of history including replicas of drawings like "the fraternal kiss" between the Communist leader of East Germany, Eric Honecker and the former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

The wall was made entirely of black chocolate, the graffiti sprayed made from coco-butter and artificial colouring.

The remaining sections of the wall which were the most decorative will remain on display inside of Roger's various chocolate shops.  In another commemorative celebration to mark the 20th anniversary, the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon along with a number of French dignitaries gathered at the Place de la Concorde for an emotional light show and classical music concert.

Twenty-seven European cellists played works by Faure, Bach and Alfred Schnittke, standing on giant stones meant to symbolise fragments of the Berlin Wall. 

They were accompanied by the French Army choir.  Images were also projected onto the walls surrounding the Place, in order to make them look a little like the graffiti-covered remnants of the fallen Wall.

The event was inspired by the impromptu concert given by Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich at Checkpoint Charlie two days after the Wall fell in 1989.

The Berlin Wall was in place for nearly three decades, the most potent symbol of Cold War divisions.  Its collapse helped herald the wider collapse of communism across eastern Europe.

In Berlin, thousands of cheering Germans re-enacted the electrifying moment the Berlin Wall came cras hing down, toppling 1,000 graffiti-adorned 8-foot-tall dominoes that tumbled along the route of the now vanished Cold War icon, celebrating 20 years of freedom from separation and fear.

The spectacle, billed by organisers as a metaphor for the way the real wall came down 20 years ago Monday and the resulting fall of communist countries in eastern Europe, was one of several events to mark the anniversary and celebrate the profound change it had not only Germany, but Europe and the world.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first east German to hold the job, called the fall of the wall an "epic" moment in history.

Merkel also welcomed Poland's 1980s pro-democracy leader, Lech Walesa, to the former crossing, saying that his Solidarity movement provided "incredible encouragement" to East Germans.

Also in Berlin for the ceremonies were the leaders of all 27 European Union countries and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Berliners on both sides of the wall for realising the dream of liberty, calling them "Dear Friends" in German.

US President Barack Obama also paid tribute in a video message to the main anniversary event. 

British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, told Berliners "you tore down the wall that for a third of a century had imprisoned half a city, half a country, half a continent, and half the world." 

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