Following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the siege of Paris by the the Prussian army, the city rose in February 1871 against the government of Aldolphe Thiers, newly elected to sign a peace treaty with the Prussia. Faced with Paris insurrection, the government of Adolphe Thiers left the Capital and took refuge in Versailles. The Parisians held their elections on 26th March to appoint members of the Council of the Commune. Among those elected were such illustrious figures such as the writer Jules Vallès and the painter Gustave Courbet...This Commune experience was however brief. Versailles troops took back the city on May 28th 1871 followed by a ruthless crackdown which is known as the "bloody week".
For the 140th anniversary of the Paris Commune, an exhibition in the lobby of the “Hôtel de Ville” will be held. A play will also be staged on the square in front of the Town Hall. This should help both Parisians and tourists to have a better understanding of a piece of history which contributed to the rebellious image of Paris . The exhibition is free and runs from 18th March to 28th May 2011.
Thank to your pass “Les Cars Rouges” take a trip down the history of Paris. Get off at stop No. 4 “Notre Dame”. Facing you the Arcole Bridge. Cross it, on the other side is the City Town hall “Hôtel de Ville”.
“Les Cars Rouges” wish you a pleasant visit to Paris!