Named as the country’s capital of romance and known for its refined, chic image, Paris is a dream destination for many. But now it has been revealed as one of the most dangerous cities in Europe – especially after recent terrorist attacks that left 130 people dead.
Yet despite this, we have seen an outpouring of solidarity from around the world with messages such as Je Suis Paris and Pray For France. It’s time to take a look at why so many people care about what happens in this city.
Paris has inspired many works of art, music and movies throughout the years. Casablanca, An American In Paris, A Very Long Engagement are just some examples. The City Of Lights also holds great historical importance to the entire world. It’s where France declared its independence for the first time, where many other countries gained theirs and where the first human rights declaration was signed.
Paris is a city of love. It’s where people from around the world go to find their significant other. But it’s also a place many come to fall in love with art, food and life itself. The very best gastronomy has its home here, as do some of the most prestigious restaurants in the world.
Paris also has a reputation as a city of fashion and luxury goods – mainly thanks to a certain Monsieur Karl Lagerfeld. Many European fashion weeks take place here, attracting thousands from across the globe. It’s currently home to three major fashion houses – Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton – and is where the entire industry began.
Paris was also home to Louis Armstrong and Edith Piaf – two of the most influential musicians in history. The city’s world-renowned Moulin Rouge nightclub was actually based on their work, as well as that of other French artists such as Charles Trenet and Maurice Chevalier. It was also home to Jim Morrison and the Doors, as well as Serge Gainsbourg – two of the most important artists in world music.
Paris still holds a strong influence over modern music – with names such as Daft Punk and Phoenix hailing from here. The city housed many influential writers – including Alexander Dumas, Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac – which brought about an upsurge in popularity of reading. Paris was home to Alfred Dreyfus, who is still considered the most important Jewish man in French history.
The Eiffel Tower has been a source of fascination for centuries. It’s visited by thousands every single day and became the symbol of hope in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. The tower belongs to Paris and is a home to the love locks that many leave there. It’s also where countless proposals have taken place, including one by Robert Doisneau – one of France’s most well-known photographers.