Paris “The City of Light” is also the capital of culture, gastronomy, fashion, shopping, and romance. But why the nickname: City of Light?
The origin of the nickname, “Paris the City of Light”, was born under the reign of Louis XIV, in 1665, with the creation of the first public lighting network.
To cope with night-time crime, which was becoming increasingly violent, Nicolas de la Reynie, head of the Paris police, decided in 1667, to install in the streets of Paris, nearly 7,000 torches and lanterns in order to illuminate most of the roads. This made it possible to avoid attacks on the victims, by thugs, who were hiding in the dark alleys.
In 1820, Philippe Lebon developed and created gaslighting, which quickly spread throughout the city. But it was in 1900, during the Universal Exhibition, the City of Paris, was recognized worldwide … The City of Light!