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☆ Historic Streets ☆

12/03/2009

How many streets of Paris have witnessed major events??

Their name or commemorative plaques keep history alive..

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So, boulevard Saint-Germain is inextricably linked to May 68, just like the Champs-Élysées is to the jubilation of the Liberation of Paris..

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The boulevard “des grands magasins” (of major department stores) bears the name of Baron Haussmann, who transformed the capital in the 19th century with wide avenues..

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Sometimes, small streets have their story to tell.. In May 1610, the carriage of Henri IV entered the small street de la Ferronnerie, which was narrow and full of stalls..

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The royal equipage had to slow down and Ravaillac took advantage of the occasion to stab the king who died on his return to the Louvre..

To relive these great historical moments consult the brown plaques that relate these fascinating episodes of the history of Paris in the places that they actually happened..

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And the sad side..

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One of many plaques in Paris:  “165 Jewish children from this school deported into Germany during the 2nd World War were exterminated dans the Nazi camps — Never Forget”


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