Paris Champs-Élysées

70h anniversary of Paris liberation

Throughout 2014, Paris commemorates both World War I and the liberation of the French capital between August 19 and 25, 1944. Following the allied landing in Normandy and the advance of the allied troops, the city took the arms in the beginning of August under the guidance of Resistance leaders Rol-Tanguy and Jacques Chaban-Delmas. On August 18, general strike was declared and barricades were set in the streets. Ignoring the American plan to wait for October to advance on Paris, General Leclerc asked the 2nd French armed division to head for the capital and his troops reached Paris by Porte d'Orleans on August 24. The U.S. 4th infantry divison joined them and in turned entered Paris on August 25. In spite of a garrison of nearly 20,000 men and strict orders by Hitler, the forces of occupation surrendered instantly. From the Town Hall, De Gaulle addressed the people with a now famous sentence: “Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!”

A series of exhibitions is being held all through 2014 by the Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris and the Jean Moulin Museum, both inaugurated in 1994 for the 50th anniversary.
Exhibitions will also be on display at the Paris Town Hall and the Carnavalet Museum before the official ceremonies on August 25.

 

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© Ville de Paris
Traditional fi nish of the Tour de France
40th finish on the Champs-Élysées
French Capital. (75)
Population : 2,200,000 inhabitants (Parisiens)
Economy : new technologies, research, services, tourism (the most visited city in the world, 27 millions tourists every year)
Culture : monuments: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), cathédrale Notre-Dame, Sacré Coeur, Invalides,…
museums : (Louvre, Grand Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay…), Opera, Marais quarter, Latin quarter, theatres. Events : Fête de la musique, White Night, Autumn Festival,…
Sport : Paris Saint-Germain (football League 1 and women's team), Paris-Levallois (basketball), Paris Saint-Germain (handball), Stade Français Paris (rugby Top 14), Paris Volley (volleyball). Events: Paris marathon, half-marathon, Tennis Open (at Roland-Garros)
Specialities : French food
Sustainable Development : more than 600 kms of cycle paths, Vélib', Autolib', tramway, Paris Metro
Labels : Banks of the Seine designated a UNESCO world heritage site
Proverb : Fluctuat nec mergitur (It floats but does not fl ounder)

Entente cordiale

The French capital and compuslory Tour de France stage and finish, Paris is also the world capital of cycling for the sport grew and developed in its walls to become what it is today. Paris - Roubaix, Paris - Tours, Paris - Bourges, Paris - Brussels, Bordeaux - Paris, Paris – Brest - Paris, Paris - Marseille, the Paris Six Days, countless legendary events, active or defunct took place in the City of Light. It is near Paris, in the park of St Cloud, that the first official road race took place in 1868 and it was won by Briton James Moore. Six months later, the first town to town race took cycling pioneers from Paris to Rouen. And it was again an Englishman, G.P. Mills, who won. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome are the heirs of these men and so is Mark Cavendish, the record stage winner on the Champs-Elysées with four wins between 2009 and 2012.

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Traditional fi nish of the Tour de France
40th finish on the Champs-Élysées
French Capital. (75)
Population : 2,200,000 inhabitants (Parisiens)
Economy : new technologies, research, services, tourism (the most visited city in the world, 27 millions tourists every year)
Culture : monuments: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), cathédrale Notre-Dame, Sacré Coeur, Invalides,…
museums : (Louvre, Grand Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay…), Opera, Marais quarter, Latin quarter, theatres. Events : Fête de la musique, White Night, Autumn Festival,…
Sport : Paris Saint-Germain (football League 1 and women's team), Paris-Levallois (basketball), Paris Saint-Germain (handball), Stade Français Paris (rugby Top 14), Paris Volley (volleyball). Events: Paris marathon, half-marathon, Tennis Open (at Roland-Garros)
Specialities : French food
Sustainable Development : more than 600 kms of cycle paths, Vélib', Autolib', tramway, Paris Metro
Labels : Banks of the Seine designated a UNESCO world heritage site
Proverb : Fluctuat nec mergitur (It floats but does not fl ounder)

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Places to see

Eiffel Tower

300 metres high originally, it has been prolonged by several aerials since and now rises at 324 metres, which made it the highest building in the world for more than 40 years. Symbol of Paris, it is the most visited paying monument in the world with 7 millions visitors each year.

Notre-Dame de Paris

It was the largest cathedral in Europe when it was completed in the late 14th century. Consturuction having taken place over more than 200 years on the site of ancient pagan temples, its style is not homogenous. It was vastly restored between 1844 and 1864 by Viollet-le-Duc, a renovation that has sometimes been controversial.

Champs-Élysées

Considered as Paris most beautiful avenue and by Parisians as the most beautiful avenue in the world. They were ordered in 1616 by Marie de Medici, who decided to create a long alley lined with trees in the middle of the fields. Its current path up to Place de l'Etoile was completed in 1724. In 1838, the Champs-Elysees were refurbished in their current style by architect Jacques Hittorff.

La Tour Eiffel © BenhNotre-Dame de Paris © PeziLes Champs-Élysées © Ville de Paris
Traditional fi nish of the Tour de France
40th finish on the Champs-Élysées
French Capital. (75)
Population : 2,200,000 inhabitants (Parisiens)
Economy : new technologies, research, services, tourism (the most visited city in the world, 27 millions tourists every year)
Culture : monuments: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe (registered in the Centre des monuments nationaux), cathédrale Notre-Dame, Sacré Coeur, Invalides,…
museums : (Louvre, Grand Palais, Centre Pompidou, Orsay…), Opera, Marais quarter, Latin quarter, theatres. Events : Fête de la musique, White Night, Autumn Festival,…
Sport : Paris Saint-Germain (football League 1 and women's team), Paris-Levallois (basketball), Paris Saint-Germain (handball), Stade Français Paris (rugby Top 14), Paris Volley (volleyball). Events: Paris marathon, half-marathon, Tennis Open (at Roland-Garros)
Specialities : French food
Sustainable Development : more than 600 kms of cycle paths, Vélib', Autolib', tramway, Paris Metro
Labels : Banks of the Seine designated a UNESCO world heritage site
Proverb : Fluctuat nec mergitur (It floats but does not fl ounder)

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