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July 9, 2021

40 Amazing Color Photos Capture Street Scenes of Paris in the Late 1970s

In 1975, the National Assembly changed the status of Paris to that of other French cities and, on 25 March 1977, Jacques Chirac became the first elected mayor of Paris since 1793.

The Tour Maine-Montparnasse, the tallest building in the city at 57 storeys and 210 metres (689 feet) high, was built between 1969 and 1973. It was highly controversial, and it remains the only building in the centre of the city over 32 storeys high.

A suburban railway network, the RER (Réseau Express Régional), was built to complement the Métro; the Périphérique expressway encircling the city, was completed in 1973.

These amazing color photos from Nurenberg Photographic Archive were taken by William Nurenberg that show street scenes of Paris in 1978.

(All images © William Nurenberg)


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