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Paris Through the Eyes of Henri IV

Henri IV

by Susan Cahill; Photographs by Marion Ranoux The story of Henri IV in Paris is best told from high on the Pont Neuf, the New Bridge, the best-loved creation of France’s most beloved king. Henri IV (1553–1610) sits here on

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Posted in Contemporary History

Benghabrit: The Muslim Rector who saved Jews from the Gestapo

Benghabrit

by Susan Cahill The Grand Mosque of Paris was built between 1922 and 1926 to symbolize the eternal friendship between France and Islam. It was also meant to express gratitude to the half-million Muslims of the French Empire’s North African

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Posted in Contemporary History

A Passion for Paris: Alexandre Dumas and the Ghosts of Romantic Fiction

Alexander Dumas

by David Downie Romantic-era novelist Alexandre Dumas may well have created the world’s first fiction factory in Paris in the mid-1800s, a factory populated by ghosts. How many of Dumas’ hundreds of millions of readers realize that the plots and

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Modern History

Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall, and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

Shocking Paris-street scene in the Jewish Quarter of Paris

by Stanley Meisler The mass migrations of European peoples to this country in the late 19th and 20th centuries have become such clichéd events in American history that we often forget that the United States was not the only refuge

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Posted in Military History, Modern History
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