Photographer's Note

Buildings near the Grande Arche de la Défense in the early morning.

La Défense, Europe’s largest purpose-built business district is located to the West of the city of Paris, and is a showcase of France’s great leap into the 21st century. For many visitors visiting Paris with a presetted image in their mind, La Defense would probably be something unexpected.

In the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle led an effort to concentrate skyscrapers in a single business district, rather than altering the character of downtown Paris with large commercial buildings. Only at the end of the long avenue, at the Défense, were towers allowed.

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