With Paris’s grand boulevards now a ghost town, there’s been plenty of talk about the future of the city.
But for the past two decades, Paris has been the centre of the world’s attention, the backdrop to a lot of international events.
Here are 10 things you need to know about the city in 2019.
The city’s history was shaped by colonialism, slavery and the death of King Louis XVI.
The French capital is often referred to as the “last city of Europe”, after it was the first French capital to be captured by the Germans during World War I. The Battle of Verdun, one of the bloody battles of World War One, was fought in a town that is still called “Valjoux”.
It’s thought to have been the first city to be liberated by the British after they captured the city and then later moved it to the south of France.
It’s the first major French city to fall to British forces in a battle, after being taken over by the German army in 1916.
The battle of Verdune marked the start of a war that lasted almost 50 years.
France was fighting the Nazis from France’s capital, Paris, which was occupied by the Allies from the very beginning of the war.
The Allies were driven from Paris by the advancing Nazi armies and took it over in May 1940.
As they did so, the city became a fortress, with many of the buildings destroyed by Allied bombs.
The German army captured it in May 1945.
The first World War II troops were marched out of the French capital on May 6, 1918, and were immediately taken to a secret camp in the woods, where they were to be kept under lock and key.
The camp was later liberated by Allied forces on May 13, 1945.
France lost almost all of its territory during the Second World War, and only the northern half of the country remained.
France fell to Germany in 1945 and was conquered by the Soviets.
In 1952, it was taken over and occupied by North Korea, which later annexed the former French colony.
The North Koreans used the French cities as a base for its development.
In 1973, the UN Security Council unanimously condemned the regime’s actions.
The war saw an estimated 15 million people killed, most of them civilians.
According to the UN, more than 1 million people were killed in the fighting.
Paris was one of those places.
After World War Two, it became a symbol of France’s liberation from the Nazis.
The Red Cross opened a museum to honour the dead in 1995.
The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people died in the city, of whom more than half were French citizens.
Paris fell into chaos after World War III, and it remains in disrepair today.
The National Guard, which fought on French soil during the war, was disbanded in 1976.
The Paris of today is largely a ghost city.
In the 1950s, a small band of activists established a socialist city council, which tried to get people to vote for a socialist mayor.
But they were unsuccessful, as the French government had long since abolished local elections.
The last French mayor, Pierre Debrun, was killed in 1974.
In 2009, the Paris metro was shut down for four months to allow for the rebuilding of the World Trade Centre.
The country was also hit hard by the economic downturn.
France suffered a severe recession in the 1970s and 1980s, which resulted in a huge increase in unemployment and social isolation.
Many people who had lost their jobs moved to Paris, where unemployment was high and the economy was stagnating.
In 2011, the economy contracted again, hitting a record low of 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product.
The Socialist government led by Francois Mitterrand came to power in 1975.
But in 1979, the then-president Jacques Chirac launched the most violent coup in French history, which led to the downfall of Mitterrand.
It was a major event in French politics.
During the coup, which took place on the night of March 28, 1980, a group of members of the Socialist Party attacked the Socialist leader, Jean-Claude Juncker, who was trying to form a coalition government.
In 1981, the former president Jacques Chavannes was elected president.
His policies included austerity measures and an end to the French franc.
The new government quickly fell apart and the country has been divided since.
Some members of Chavancourt’s coalition still have links to the Socialist government.
A majority of voters in the French presidential election in 2017 backed centrist Emmanuel Macron, who had been the candidate of the party for two decades.
Macron’s election in May saw him become France’s first far-right president.
In 2018, France’s next president, Marine Le Pen, said the country’s future rested on the outcome of the 2018 elections.
She also said that she would not accept any deal that did not give a