On this day: Paris’ first Métro line opened in 1900

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A train at Bastille station in 1908.

On the 19th of July, 1900, Paris Métro Line 1 was opened to connect people travelling around the World Fair. Eight of the planned eighteen stations were initially opened.

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Under construction, early 20th century.

The decision to begin the construction of the train line was made in November 1898, after decades of discussion.

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