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Franco-Prussian art and war

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, Paris was under siege. On September 17, 1870, the French capital was surrounded by Bismarck’s armies who took refuge in what was to be a brutal nine-month occupation, which forced the civilian population to endure bombardments, food shortages, disease, wild rumors and crippling anxiety. . It is […]

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Why is a French hamlet called Fleur d’Ecosse?

Connexion spoke with the mayor of the commune, Jean-Claude Flinois, who said there was no sure answer but that theories abound on the name, which also appears in the main street of the hamlet, the rue de la Fleur d’Ecosse. Flower of Scotland simply means “flower of Scotland” and Mr. Flinois stated that it first […]

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Paris is about to change

Updated at 12:29 p.m. ET on September 7, 2020. The pandemic has hit Paris hard. It hit the poor suburbs of Paris the hardest. Paris had already bet its future on the merger with a large circle of suburb cities to form the new Metropolis of Greater Paris—A capital of the 21st century that is […]