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The Announcer – Paris, France *wallpaper 10-13-11

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History lesson-

The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris. Created as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was first opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th century, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, and relaxed.

On 23 May 1871, during the suppression of the Paris Commune, twelve men set the Tuileries on fire at 7 p.m., using petroleum, liquid tar, and turpentine. The fire lasted for forty-eight hours and entirely consumed the palace. The Commune was the result of an uprising in Paris after France was defeated in the Franco-Prussian War and it was chiefly caused by the disaster in the war and the growing discontent among French workers. The worker discontent came from the first worker uprisings, the Canut Revolts, in Lyon and Paris in the 1830s (a Canut was a silk worker, often working on looms) that revolted against a group of around 1400 bankers and manufacturers who controlled and financed the manufacture and commercialization of the goods and were profiting off the reduced salaries of the silk workers while the economy went south. The manufacturers claimed the fixed rate was a block to freedom of enterprise. They rejected the salary claims of the canuts, which they considered to be exorbitant. This attitude infuriated the working class, and tensions neared the breaking point and the Tuileries Palace, which had become a symbol of the former royal and imperial regimes, came burning down. In bringing into light the events of the day, this may be a good lesson in history repeating itself.

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