“This is the outcome, compliance with French law, respect for secularism and the decision of the Council of State,” said Father Christophe Guegan, parish priest at Ploermel, adding he hoped “that it brings peace to the city”.
Ça y est, Jean-Paul II a pris son envol à Ploërmel ? La fin d'un feuilleton de plusieurs années ⬇️ https://t.co/D5ch4PyFvg
— Le Petit Bleu Dinan (@PetitBleuDinan) June 12, 2018
The statue, by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, was erected under an arch topped by a cross in 2006.
But the National Federation for Free Thought, a non-profit humanist organisation, took the issue to court alongside two local residents.
French Catholic authorities expressed anger last October after France's highest administrative court ruled that the cross breached France's secularism law, which forbids religious symbols from being displayed on public monuments.
By installing the statue on private land, the statue of the Polish pope theoretically no longer breaks the 1905 law.
At one stage, the Polish government had proposed moving the statue to Poland due to the row.