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Photo of the Day: General Strike, Paris

IMG_5258, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Summer 2003, Paris.

Ah, Paris. The Metro shut down, cops in full force and tear gas in the air.

My second trip to Paris happened to coincide with a general strike. It was all very fascinating. Shutdowns were scheduled and announced daily. Businessmen rollerbladed and rode motorcycles to work, and traffic was jammed everywhere. Thankfully, I stayed two blocks from Place de la Concorde, so walking everywhere was pretty convenient.

This was also a month or so before the notorious heatwave that killed thousands of elderly.

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