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We’ll always have (some version of) Paris

The French capital's traditional reputation is being ripped up—again

By Sophie Grove   November 2017

A picture taken on July 14, 2017, in Paris, shows an aerial view of the Louvre. PHOTO: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

Despite its traditions, Paris has an appetite for rebellion—just recall 1789, 1848, 1871 and 1968. That sense of constant upheaval extends to the physical appearance of the city itself. It’s easy to forget that the linear uniformity of the Parisian boulevards is itself the result of radical 19th-century bulldozing. This is the city where they put up the initially baffling and controversial Eiffel Tower at the centenary of the…

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