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May 27, 2021

30 Photos Capture Street Scenes of Paris in the Mid-1980s

The 1980s was the decade of change for Paris. In 1981, François Mitterand was elected President of France, and during his tenure, several development projects were started in Paris.

The old, disused Orsay railway station near the river was renovated and in 1986 was reopened as the Orsay Museum of 19th-century art and civilization. The Grand Louvre, Opéra Bastille, and the Grande Arche of La Défense were also completed at the end of the 1980s. He also raised the minimum wage and family benefits, added a fifth week of paid vacation.

These color photos were captured by Ruben Cantu that show street scenes of Paris in 1984.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris

Dome des Invalides, Paris.

Dome des Invalides, Paris

Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

Grand Palais (right), Paris

Grand Palais, Paris

Honor guard at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

La Madeleine (center), Paris

Looking down at Avenue des Champs-Élysées from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Moulin Rouge featuring Dean Martin on the marquee, Paris

Palais Garnier Opera House, Paris

Paris street scenes

Paris street scenes

Place de la Concorde, Paris

Place du Tertre street sweeper, Paris

Place du Tertre, Paris

Place Vendome Column, Paris

Residential area in Paris

River Seine, Paris

Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris

Saxophone player busking on a bridge, Paris

View from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower in the background. Avenue d'lene (right) and Avenue Marceau (left), Paris

View of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

View of the Palais de Chaillot from halfway up the Eiffel Tower, Paris

View of the Palais de Chaillot from the grounds of the Eiffel Tower in Paris




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