The Third Republic ended in 1940 with the Nazis entering the city. The Fourth Republic began in August 1944, when general Charles de Gaulle marched along Paris to the Place de l'Г‰toile. The Fifth Republic was created in 1958, when the French Constitution still in place today was adopted. After an unprompted riot of the Sorbonne students the political climate of the country changed, bringing the era of ambitious projects. The Seine saw the Center Georges Pompidoux rise on the right bank and the Montparnasse tower on the left. The pyramid of Louvre, the Arc de Defense, the Bastille Opera appeared in Paris at that time.
The 21st century Paris is famous only for its man-made beaches on the banks of Seine, but one can hope that a feeble attempt at reconstructing the locals' favourite market Les Halles will be shadowed by the creation of a new symbol of Paris.
Today Paris is one of the most popular cities on Earth. Life here is understood as art, and every visitor is turned into a romantic. 1800 monuments, 140 museums, 145 theatres, thousands of restaurants, cafes and bistros attract millions of visitors annually looking for adventures and unforgettable memories.
The article by Irina Sukharnikova, translation by Ekaterina Ryabova; specially for Sweet Home Abroad