Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science and arts.
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At the end of the Second World War, most Parisians were living in misery. Industry was ruined, housing was in short supply, and food was rationed. In the 1950s and 1960s, the city underwent a massive reconstruction, with the addition of new highways, skyscrapers, and thousands of new apartment blocks. Beginning in the 1970s, French Presidents took a personal interest leaving a legacy of new museums and buildings.
These fascinating photographs captured street scenes of Paris in the 1970s through the eyes of a Soviet tourist: