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Old France - Expo Paris 1937

Old France at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© H. Chipault
Architect(s) : Martin, Dupré, Catoire, Grandjean et Yvenec

Old France was a reconstruction of houses and manors from Alsace, Brittany, the Centre, Auvergne and Ile-de-France.

Because of the twentieth anniversary of its return to France, Alsace had a prominent place with the Ponts-Couverts district of Strasbourg, its canal, the rue du Bain-aux-Plantes, the old houses of Colmar, Kaysersberg, Thann, a diorama of the cathedral of Strasbourg and of Ste Odile.

In this village of Notre Vieille France there were marvellous, lively and colourful festivals every evening, during which representatives of all our provinces sang and danced.

The Tunisian Souks, built by the Regency of Tunis, like the Moroccan Souks with their theatre where Berber and Chleuh dancers and an astonishing Rifan sorcerer appeared, and their excellent native restaurant, added to this reconstruction of Old France, a brilliant exotic note, evocative of our overseas empire.

The festival in the village of Notre Vieille France offered a spectacle of fantasy and gaiety.

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