Panel Histoire de Paris

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Close-up of one of these panels.
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One of the Histoire de Paris plaques, situated to the left of a shop window on the rue Montorgueil.

The "Histoire de Paris" plaques (sometimes called Starck Oars because of their shape and their designer, Philippe Starck) are information plaques scattered throughout the City of Paris in front of various Parisian monuments.

In 1992, Jacques Chirac, the then mayor of Paris, asked the JC Decaux company to install the plaques.[1]

Starck designed 767 panels. They appear to be in the shape of an oar, but are actually meant to recall a ship's paddle, in honour of the Latin motto of the City of Paris, "Fluctuat nec mergitur" ("battered by the waves, but never capsized").

The town of Paris pays 1.2 MEuros each year to the company JC Decaux .[1]

In the future these panels may be replaced by interactive kiosks.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Article by Sébastien Ramnoux in the newspaper "Le Parisien" of 21 January 2009.

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