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Bastille area guide

Politics to the fore at the city's revolutionary roundabout

© mamasuco ......un peu absent

The famous fortress-cum-prison is long gone, but its role in the kick-off to the French revolution makes this patch of Paris one of the most historic pieces of soil in the whole country. The spot is now a large roundabout (you can see a chunk of the foundations in the metro station underneath) that is usually choked with traffic – except when it's choked with mass demonstrations: thanks to the symbolism of 1789, Bastille is a political hotspot to this day. The streets immediately north and east are particularly strong on good yet affordable restaurants.