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1870-1871: Saint-Cloud and the Siege of Paris


The years 1870-1871 were terrible for the French city of Saint-Cloud, when Prussian torches burned the castle and village to the ground. “One cannot envision the disaster without having seen it. Saint-Cloud should remain in our minds like the destruction of Pompeii,” wrote Theophile Gautier in March 1871 in Tableaux de siège. Today, no traces of the war of 1870 are left in Saint-Cloud. The reconstructed city is a pleasant suburb of Paris, known for its picturesque setting and park, which once housed the remains of the kings of France.

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