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April 16, 2022

40 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of Paris in the 1960s

Until the 1960s, there were no tall buildings in Paris to share the skyline with the Eiffel Tower, the tallest structure in the city; a strict height limit of thirty-five meters was in place.

Paris in the 1960s

Not unlike its Western “great power” counterparts, 1960s France was a time of economic gains and social upheaval. Under the presidency of Charles de Gaulle, the country rebuilt itself from the destruction wrought by World War II, becoming more prosperous and less reliant on countries like the United States along the way.

But as the nation physically rebuilt itself, other foundations cracked — particularly in Paris. In what The New York Times has called a rare, national “examination of conscience,” in May 1968, students and workers of varying politics rose up against the conservative (if not repressive) government of De Gaulle.

These amazing color photos were taken by snowglobalization that show street scenes of Paris in the 1960s.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris, 1961

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 1961

Candy store on Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1961

Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1961

Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1961

Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1961

Montmartre, Paris, 1961

Montmartre, Paris, 1961

Montmartre, Paris, 1961

Near Place de l'Étoile, Paris, 1961

Paris cityscape from Montmartre, 1961

Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris, 1961

Maxim's, Paris, 1965

Notre-Dame, Paris, 1965

Paris cityscape from Montmartre, 1965

Paris, 1965

View of Arc de Triomphe from Obélisque de Louxor, Paris, 1965

Les Halles, Paris, 1966

Les Halles, Paris, 1966

View from Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1966

View from Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1966

Armistice parade on Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1967

Charles de Gaulle on parade, Paris, 1967

Paris Metro, 1967

Stamp collectors on Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1967

Stamp collectors on Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1967

Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1968

Colonne de Juillet, Paris, 1968

Conciergerie, Paris, 1968

Eiffel Tower, 1968

Paris street scenes, 1968

Paris, 1968

Paris, 1968

Paris, 1968

Paris, 1968

Paris, 1968

Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 1968

Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 1968

Pond boats, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1968

Top of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 1968




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