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France Wrestles With Its Own Decline

Wars and weather have left few scars on Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his victories, the 15-story tower of bone-white stone stands as an eternal monument to French glory, a time when Europe trembled before this nation’s might. The national mood now, as France enters the final week before Sunday’s presidential election, is far less exultant. To Roland Perrossier, whose great-great grandfather fought for Napoleon, the arch has become a symbol of decline. Full Story

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