Pour moi, l’histoire de France me sert surtout à établir des espèces de diagnostics. Je sais bien qu’il a suffi de quelques grands hommes, à maintes reprises, pour changer le destin de ce pays. Mais je pense qu’aujourd’hui, ces grands hommes ne suffiraient plus, ou plus exactement, ces grands hommes sont devenus impossibles. Ils peuvent naître, les institutions françaises les condamneront à l’obscurité, les rejetteront de la politique. Les grands hommes sont les antitoxines, les réactions organiques d’un corps social. Je pense, en dernière analyse, que la France est un corps trop vieux. Elle a été la première à faire son unité : cela doit se chiffrer pour les nations comme la date de naissance des individus. Il est stupide de réclamer d’elle la vigueur, l’audace, l’instinct de conquête des pays jeunes. La France a encore certaines qualités, propres du reste aux vieilles gens, aux vieilles civilisations. Elle a le scepticisme, l’esprit d’analyse, un penchant au pessimisme gai. Elle a eu la veine de conserver ses archives, ses musées, ses cathédrales, sa capitale qui est un des coins les plus agréables du monde. Ses femmes sont toujours jolies, ses tables bien garnies, sa littérature ingénieuse et savoureuse. Si la France savait accepter sa décadence, renoncer aux entreprises et aux tartarinades qui ne sont plus de son âge, tout en se soignant contre les chaude-pisses sartriennes, picassiennes ou progressistes qui hâtent l’heure de sa décomposition, elle pourrait être encore charmante et tenir un rôle enviable dans cet univers de prédicateurs sanglants et de sauvages mécanisés.
—  Lucien Rebatet

Le forum du Paris gallo-romain / The forum from the Gallo-Roman Paris period.

La découverte d’aujourd’hui n’est peut-être pas aussi photogénique que les précédentes, mais elle est tout de même surprenante. En effet, en descendant dans cette entrée de parking boulevard Saint-Michel, vous pourrez découvrir le seul et unique morceau de mur du forum du Paris gallo-romain qui soit parvenu jusqu’à nous. Pour pouvoir s’approcher de la vitre, il faut avoir soit a) un abonnement aux parkings Vinci, ou b) une voiture. Puisque je n’ai ni l’un ni l’autre, vous devrez vous contenter de ces photos à travers la vitre. (Si une personne en mesure de rentrer pouvait m’envoyer ses photos, je serais ravie de les partager !)

Today’s discovery might not be as photogenic as the previous ones, but it is still quite exciting. By going down the stairs of this carpark entrance located boulevard Saint-Michel, you will come across the only piece of wall that survived from the Gallo-Roman forum. In order to go down the other flight of stairs, one has to either a) have a Vinci carparks subscription, or b) own a car. Since I don’t have either of those things, I had to stare at the wall through a window glass. (If anyone who can enter the carpark is willing to share pictures, I would love to see them!)

-> 61, boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005.


La représentation continue 2360 - Charles de La Fosse, 1636-1716, La Résurrection du Christ, 1710 — Chapelle royale du château de Versailles, Yvelines, France by Afchine Davoudi


L'avertisseur de police / Police signal posts.

Les avertisseurs de police sont apparus en 1928 et avaient la même fonction que les cabines de police britanniques, aujourd'hui un peu plus connues. La population pouvait les utiliser pour contacter le commissariat le plus proche 24h sur 24. Celui-ci se trouve au Musée de la Préfecture de Police.

Police signal posts, the French answer to the more famous British police boxes, appeared in 1928. They could be used 24/7 to contact the nearest police station. This one can be seen at the museum of police history: Musée de la Préfecture de Police.

-> 4 rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, 75005.


Paris, France, nineteenth century. City Hall (in french “Hôtel de ville”) 1865/1871

In 1533, King Francis I decided to endow the city with a city hall which would be worthy of Paris, then the largest city of Europe and Christendom.

He appointed two architects: Italian Dominique de Cortone, nicknamed Boccador, and Frenchman Pierre Chambiges. Boccador, steeped in the spirit of the Renaissance, drew up the plans of a building which was at the same time tall, spacious, full of light and refined. Building work was not finished until 1628 during the reign of Louis XIII.

During the Franco-Prussian War, the building played a key role in several political events. On 30 October 1870, revolutionaries broke into the building and captured the Government of National Defence, while making repeated demands for the establishment of a communard government. The Paris Commune chose the Hôtel de Ville as its headquarters, and as anti-Commune troops approached the building, Communards set fire to the Hôtel de Ville destroying almost all extant public records from the French Revolutionary period. The blaze swallowed the building from the inside, leaving only an empty stone shell.

Reconstruction of City Hall lasted from 1873 through 1892.

Source : Wiki.
Photographs : Vergue.

Credits : Charles Marville (1813-1879)


Le révolution française et les républiques qui lui ont succédé en France n'ont rien à voir avec la Franc-maçonnerie selon une personne qui m'a écrit via mon blog (http://www.lysdunord.com/blog) … Tout cela serait l'invention d'Augustin Barruel qui aurait notamment confondu (volontairement) “allégories de la Liberté comme principe… symboles iconographiques révolutionnaires et républicains” et occultisme maçonnique. C'est mal connaître l'argumentaire de l'Abbé Barruel et c'est nous prendre pour des imbéciles heureux! Une image valant mille mots, je vous offre quelques exemples.


The French revolution and the republics that followed in France would have nothing to do with Free masonry: that’s what someone told me through my blog (http://www.lysdunord.com/blog). All this story would be an hoax based on the writings of Augustin Barruel who misinterpreted (on purpose) the signification and inspiration of the pictorial allegories of Liberty, as a principle, (…) the republican iconography and the occult symbols of Freemasonry. Such a statement shows a poor knowledge of Father Barruel’s arguments, and, which is worst, it is quite and insult to common sense. Since an image is worth a thousand words, I have decided to include a few examples. Have fun!

Marie Leszczynska - Queen of France
born: June 23, 1703, Breslau, Silesia
died: June 24, 1768, Versailles, FranceMarie

Leszczynska, wife of Louis XV, lived most of her married life secluded in a few small rooms at Versailles. Meanwhile, her husband had a succession of mistresses and excluded her from the life of the court.

Marie was the daughter of Stanislas Leszczynski, who was placed on the thrown of Poland in 1704 when King Charles XII of Sweden gained this territory in a military campaign. Stanislas was driven from power in 1709 when Swedish forces left the area, leaving him without military support. Stanislas, a king without a country, then wandered from one place of refuge to another, including Turkey and Sweden. In 1725, he was living on the on the charity of the French court in Weissembourg, a little village in Alsace.

Marie Leszczynska was chosen to be the wife of Louis XV over 99 marriageable princesses. The decision in favor of the Polish princess was, in reality, an attempt on the part of the Duc de Bourbon and his mistress, Madame de Prie, to secure power for themselves. They selected Marie due to her extreme poverty believing she would gratefully assist them in controlling the king, as she owed her elevation to their favor alone.

Marie Leszczynska was 23 and Louis age 16 at the time they were married. Marie was a very quiet, gentle, and extremely religious person who fulfilled her obligation by having ten children, and provided an heir to the throne. During the first nine years of marriage, Louis was the paragon of husbands, due to his religious upbringing and the ordinary bashfulness of youth.

In 1733, at age 25, the king took his first mistress. This relationship was kept secret for four years. In 1737, the Queen had her tenth and last child. From that time onward, Louis treated his wife with frigid courtesy, never speaking to her except when others were present. He paid her short visits every day as a matter of etiquette. Otherwise, they led separate lives.

The Queen held her own court in her chambers, receiving guests and carrying out ceremonial functions. When Voltaire and Emilie du Chatelet were at Versailles, Emilie attended the Queen’s court and had the high privilege to sit in the presence of the Queen.

Marie Leszczynska was deeply religious, and heard mass in the morning and again at one o'clock with all the court. Louis XV preferred the company of his mistresses and Marie was not included in the daily activities of the king’s court.

In great contrast to Louis, who was bored by everything, the Queen was fond of music, she painted a little, embroidered, and played the guitar and harpsichord. In the evening she dined with a small group of friends who enjoyed conversation and they often played cards. The Queen did not become involved in court intrigues and lived a quiet, peaceful existence. She died in 1768 at the age of 65.

Les Jeux Sylvie de Soye par Histoire Junior

Le jeu de familles Sylvie de Soye L’Histoire de France plébiscité par Histoire Junior, nouveau magazine des Editions Faton.

« Dans la famille La Guerre de Cent Ans, je voudrais Jeanne d’Arc ! ». Ou comment faire de l’histoire en s’amusant.

Le jeu L’Histoire de France est un jeu de cartes illustré par des tableaux qui vous fait traverser les périodes historiques, de la préhistoire à l’Empire en passant par la Renaissance. Un livret explicatif très complet raconte des anecdotes et des histoires amusantes à propos de chaque tableau. Il s'adresse aux plus grands, aux parents et aux enseignants, qui peuvent les raconter aux enfants. 

Du Moyen Âge à notre époque, le magazine mensuel Histoire Junior fait découvrir aux 10-15 ans l'Histoire vivante à travers les témoins du passé : récits, monuments, objets du quotidien ou œuvres d’art.

Chaque numéro d’Histoire Junior présente un dossier sur une époque, un règne, un personnage ou un événement qui a changé le cours de l'Histoire. Accompagné de jeux et concours, de BD et de rubriques telles que l'histoire d'un objet ou un sujet historique étudié à travers une œuvre d'art, Histoire Junior accompagne les programmes scolaires jusqu'en troisième.

Copyright Photo : L'Histoire Junior

Inktober Day 13

13th October 1307 – King Philip IV of France order the arrest of all French Templars

Both King Philip and Pope Clement V had their own reasons to dislike the Knights Templar. What is most agreed by many historians and authors is that King Philip was in debt with the Templars, and since they had much financial and military power, he also feared they wanted to create their own state, like the Teutonic Knights did with Prussia, but probably with Languedoc or the island of Cyprus. As for the Pope, that same power they had could become a problem for Rome, since they also worked as a medieval ‘bank’. They were strong, but rumours were being told through Europe that the Knights Templar actually committed heretical acts in their ceremonies and rituals, and these rumours grew strong as well. King Philip took advantage of this and ordered their arrest on that Friday 13, under the accusation of heresy, blasphemy, corruption and so on.

With some help from the Pope, many Templars confessed such things under torture. Others did not and even tried to defend themselves in the trials of 1307, but by 1314, the remaining former Templars (Pope had dissolved the order in 1312) were all either being persecuted, gone to other orders such as the Knights Hospitaller, or pensioned off.

October 13, 709 years ago, triggered all this disgrace. May they be remembered with honour.


About the drawing: the two big heads in the drawing are King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V, sadistically  watching the Templars burn to death.