A French chocolate sculptor celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall by taking a hammer Saturday to a chocolate replica of the infamous barrier, distributing the sweet chunks to applauding bystanders in Paris.
Patrick Roger said it felt "amazing to share the taste, the values and a certain wind of liberty."
Just as Berliners smashed chunks out of the concrete wall, Roger and an assistant attacked the replica with gusto. They quickly smashed a hole with their hammers and grasped an outstretched hand poked through it by someone on the other side.
Made with 200 kilos (440 pounds) of chocolate, the wall scrawled with the words "freedom" and, in German, "I am a Berliner!" was then brought crashing down onto the pavement in front of Roger's chocolate store in Paris, shattering into hundreds of pieces.
Delighted bystanders gnawed on the chunks and carried away bags-full.
"It's amazing ... 200 kilos of chocolate gone in a few minutes," Roger said.