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This is another of the most typical sights in Paris: the Triumphal Arch. It was constructed to honor Napoleon's campaigns in Europe. In 1940 the Nazi troops used it to celebrate their victory over France. A few years later, in 1944, French, British and American troops marched through it as a symbol of the liberation of Paris.

From the terrace at the top of the Arch one can see a beautiful view of the 12 converging avenues. The square where the arch sits is known as 'Place de l'Etoile-Charles de Gaulle'. 'Etoile' for the star shape of the square. And Charles de Gaulle, as a dedication to one of the most popular presidents of the "5th Republique".

 

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