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Notes on the Geography of France: Paris 2: Classical: Photo 2

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The Arc de Caroussel seems lost in space, as though it was a prop left over from last week's musical production. It probably did not feel so abandoned before 1871, when the Palace of the Tuileries, which stood just beyond the arch and astride the axis, was burned by rioters with a match. (The shell of the buildings survived for another ten years, but there was enough residual anger that they were then demolished as a reminder of the despised monarchy.) On this side of the arch we're in the Cour Napoleon, most famous now for I.M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to Frañcois Mitterand's partly subterranean Grand Louvre. The courtyard remains big enough for a North Korean parade.

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