Visit the French National Assembly

Visit the French National Assembly

The Palais Bourbon is a government building located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine, across from the Place de la Concorde. It is the seat of the French National Assembly, the lower legislative chamber of the French government. The Palace was originally built beginning in 1722 by Louise Françoise de Bourbon, the duchess of Bourbon, the legitimized daughter of Louis XIV, as a country house, surrounded by gardens. It was nationalized during the French Revolution, and from 1795 to 1799, during the Directory, it was the meeting place of the Council of Five Hundred, which chose the government leaders. Beginning in 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte added the classical colonnade, to mirror that of Church of the Madeleine, facing it across the Seine and the Place de la Concorde. The Palace complex today includes the Hôtel de Lassay, on the west side of the Palais Bourbon; which is the official residence of th…

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France’s 2019 commemorations

A selection of France commemorations and important dates in 2019

30 years ago - 1989

Georges Simenon died. Simenon was Belgian by birth but spent much of his life in France and his character Detective Maigret was much appreciated by French readers.Samuel Beckett died in Paris. Although Irish by birth Beckett wrote in both French and English. He was an avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, poet, and literary translator who lived in Paris for most of his adult life. The Bastille Opera, Grand Arch of La Défense and the Louvre Pyramid were all inaugurated as part of the festivities marking the bicentenial of the French Revolution.

50 years ago - 1969

The whole world watches as Apollo 11 lands on the moonCharles de Gaulle resigned after the defeat of his proposals for constitutional reform in a national referendum. Georges Pompidou was elected President of France.

75 years ago - 1945

D-Day, the begin…
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