From the twilight of the Belle Époque (which was really anything but) to the humiliation of the Occupation, Paris was a beacon of creativity that outshone even the preceding century: philosophers shed light on the world, artists defied conventions, and women ruled fashion. Among the world capitals, Paris held its own, to say the least... The Roger-Viollet agency has kept snapshots of this glowing flame of an era snuffed out by disaster.
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