Lhe recycling was not born overnight. In Paris, over the centuries, various materials have been reused in abundance, as the regimes succeeded one another. Let us take the Place des Victoires, where the equestrian statue of Louis XIV sits enthroned. It all started with a first-class bean: Marshal de La Feuillade, Duke of Roanne. Appointed Marshal of France in 1675, to better court, he ordered a statue which will celebrate the king victorious in the Dutch War, after the Peace of Nijmegen (1678). High of 3.30 m, Louis XIV is represented there in foot as a Roman emperor, on a pedestal of 7 meters.
His Majesty finds it very much to his liking. As the marshal does not skimp in flattery, he decides to better highlight it to open a place for this purpose: it will be the place of …
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