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November 11th Veteran's Day - Galeries Lafayette

November 11th Veteran’s Day

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November 11th, Veteran’s Day, is a national holiday in France. On this day, the French commemorate the finish of the First World War (WWI). The Armistice (ceasefire) was signed on this day in 1918, ending a 4-year conflict that resulted in the tragic deaths of over 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. During this holiday some places of interest might be closed. Find out how to make the most of this day: where to be during the celebrations and what areas will remain open the entire day.

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Location
Line 1/2/6 - Charles de Gaulles Etoile
Line A - Etoile

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Veteran's Day

The official celebrations (attended by the French President and Mayor of Paris) are held on the Champs-Elysées and at the Arc de Triomphe. The schedule is as follows:

9:00 am – wreath-laying ceremony (at the corner of Avenue Tilsitt and the Champs-Elysées)

10:00 am – wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe

11:40 am – After descending the Champs Elysées with the republican guard (small parade), a wreath-laying ceremony will be held in front of the statue of Georges Clémenceau (corner of the Champs-Elysées and Winston Churchill)

To make the most of the celebrations, come as early as 8:30 am and situate yourself on the corner of the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Be prepared to have a lot of people around you! 

Museums & Monuments

The only monument that will be closed (and only in the morning) on Veteran’s Day is the Arc de Triomphe, due to the wreath-laying ceremonies. All other museums, monuments and cultural areas will remain open on November 11th. The metro stations on the Champs-Elysées, including Charles de Gaulle Etoile, will be open. 

Shopping

Some small shops might be closed on November 11th. However, the big department stores will remain open including Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, BHV / Marais, Le Bon Marché and Beaugrenelle.

What is

Veteran’s Day, known as Armistice in France and Remembrance Day/Poppy Day in other countries, marks the end of the 1914-1918 First World War. The treaty was signed by German and Allied generals in a train wagon in the middle of the forest of Compiègne in France. Celebrations are also held in memory of the students who gathered at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe on November 11th 1940, at the time when Paris was under Nazi occupation. This gathering was severely repressed by the occupants and is considered today as one of the first public acts of resistance during WWII.

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