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Parismarais Newsletter
Issue 108 - 23 October 2013
PARISMARAIS.COM

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Vive la République, Vive la France! This expression may sound nationalistic, but it really is not. It is simply the basic motto that every French president uses to close his speeches. The Gardes Républicains, equivalent to the British horse guards, were created the same year as and just after the first French Revolution in 1789 to replace the Gardes du Roi. Their function was and still is to represent and pay respect to the highest positions of the French state. Napoleon I gave them the name of Garde Imperiale, and they have changed names many times during the 19th century, depending on the current government – whether it was a King, an Emperor or a Republic with an elected president.

Today the Garde Républicaine still exists as an elite part of the French army, in charge of protecting the French president and government. Parisians admire their Gardes Républicains as much as their firemen, especially when the guards dress up in their fancy parade uniforms and ride their beautiful thoroughbred horses in the Marais streets. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is a wonderful event.

Once a year, the Gardes Républicains open the doors of their Marais headquarters to the public. Their “quartier” or barracks is close to the former Bastille Castle on boulevard Henri IV, next to the River Seine and métro Saint Paul.

The PARISMARAIS television team was honoured to have the permission to film their magnificent annual horse show that exceptionally took place in their Vincennes headquarters. It included a wonderful military orchestra, splendid in their 1810’s imperial uniforms. A fantastic motorcycle show followed. These are the guards who can stop you on the motorway if you drive too fast – remember the speed limit in Paris is only 50 km/h and most of the Marais streets, considered a “quartier tranquille,” have a speed limit of only 30km/h when they are not exclusively pedestrian.

They are in charge of all high-security missions as well, to protect not only the government, but also you and I in our daily lives. Knowing that the Gardes Républicains are living in le Marais, ready to jump on their horses, high-speed motorcycles or in their incredibly fast cars to respond to any emergency at any time, makes us feel more secure. If safety is not an issue in most districts of Paris, it is definitely not one in le Marais, where you can walk around safely at any hour of the day or night. It is just one more reason to stay in this area when you are visiting Paris, or, as is our good fortune, to live here all year round.

Enjoy the show and do not miss it next year !

Pascal Fonquernie
Editor PARISMARAIS.COM

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To prepare for your trip to Paris, you can download the exclusive PARISMARAIS MAP of le Marais for free!

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