The Passarelle Delbilly of Paris !!

I somehow left this out of my posts on Paris ! I have been by here quite often especially along the Ave de New York side, and it really needs a post in my blog, Therefore, let me tell you a bit about the Passarelle Delbilly of Paris !! Hope you enjoy it as I,

The Passarelle Debilly footbridge with a length of 120 meters and a width of 8 meters and reserved for pedestrians and bicycles, was built in 1899 for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 is only for pedestrians and bicycles crossing the Seine river ,It is located upstream from the Pont d’Iéna and downstream from the Pont de l’Alma. The Debilly Footbridge joins Avenue de New-York to Esplanade David Ben Gurion, Quai Jacques-Chirac and Quai Branly, thus connecting the 16éme to the 7éme arrondissement of Paris.

paris passerelle debilly off av ny sep16

The Passarelle Delbilly built at the start of the 20C was first called the “Passerelle de l’Exposition militaire”, then “Passerelle de Magdebourg” and “Passerelle de Billy”, named after Jean-Louis Debilly, a general of the First Empire who died at the Battle of Auerstaedt/Jena in 1806, it will keep the name “passerelle Debilly” after being slightly moved in 1906 to become permanent and property of the City of Paris. It is with the Eiffel Tower a second initially temporary metal structure to have remained a testimony to its time, .

The catwalk was used as a meeting place in Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale film (2002). It is on the Debilly footbridge that the sister (Eva Green) evokes Jean Seberg selling the New York Herald Tribune on the Champs-Élysées in the film Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, released in 1960. In 1989, it was found on this bridge the body of a German diplomat working for the secret services of the GDR (East Germany), a few days before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It turns out that, during the Cold War, this bridge was a place of discreet meetings of the special services of the East.

The Paris tourist office on the passarelle Delbilly

There you go folks, another dandy spot in my eternal Paris. Nice memories of walking over and driving by it ; the Passarelle Delbilly is a unique spot in Paris.  And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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4 Responses to “The Passarelle Delbilly of Paris !!”

  1. I also love this footbridge which is like a balcony over the Seine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the good places to have enough distance and a clear view to photograph the Eiffel Tower. On the stone piers of the left bank there are subtle art nouveau motifs.

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