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Paris here, there, everywhere: Traces of the city beyond its bounds

After the annual takeover of the city by wandering tribes of summertime tourists, the locals are reclaiming the public squares, streets and métro platforms of Paris. Where tourists, impressed by the beauty of Paris, would have got away with sauntering at ease through the sparsely populated streets of the city and glided, unfettered, onto most of the city’s metro’s a few weeks ago, similar hesitation is likely to invite a range of impatient reactions from harried locals. (Reactions tend to range from mild curses to unabashed aggressive outbursts of anger in impassioned French). Well, one could even venture to argue that the imposing and assertive nature of Paris and her inhabitants is not anything particularly new. Nor has it, historically speaking, only been confined to the boundaries of the city. Evidence of Parisians imposing their presence reaches far across space and time. While on summer holiday, my appreciation for the extent of Paris’s influence beyond her peripheries deepened: It became clearer to me that the city I love most has clearly found means of asserting …