The Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor of Paris !

Back to my eternal Paris, a lot has change since my working days of 9 years in the City, One of its most emblematic sights are the bridges crossing the Seine river from rive gauche to rive droite. I like to update this older post with a name change from Solférino to Léopold Sédar Senghor passerelle or footbridge, Hope you enjoy the post as I

I like to tell you about one particular footbridge that was very unfamous for its load of padlocks and gladly long ago gone. Oh yes Solférino  it was as I came to know it ,however, now it is name the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor or footbridge. The first footbridge, 106 meters long, the Passerelle Solférino , made of cast iron and inaugurated by Napoleon III in 1861, had three arches on masonry piers. It was destroyed and replaced in 1961 by a pedestrian steel footbridge resting on two piles of concrete built about 30 meters upstream and demolished in turn in 1992. Its name recalls the battle of Solferino of June 25, 1859 during which Napoleon III defeated the Austrians The footbridge is located downstream from the Pont Royal bridge and upstream from the Pont de la Concorde bridge.


The Passerelle Solférino was renamed the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor in tribute to the Senegalese poet and head of state, French academician on October 9, 2006. The footbridge connect the Musée d’Orsay and the Quai Anatole-France on the left bank to the Jardin des Tuileries and the Quai des Tuileries on the right bank, it is accessible by pedestrian way from the top and bottom platforms and connects to the port of Solférino 7éme to the port of Tuileries 1éme. Built on two levels which meet in the central part, the footbridge serves, on each bank, the banks of the Seine and the quays proper. At each of its ends, the foundations in the form of concrete pillars sink 15 meters underground and its structure is an assembly of six 150-ton elements manufactured by établissements Eiffel. It offers benches to walkers who can join the Jardin des Tuileries via the right bank underground.

Some of the remarkable events listed everywhere for the passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor are: While looking at the Seine river and the overcast sky from the footbridge one evening, that the French composer Claude Debussy had the idea of writing Nuages, one of his Nocturnes. In 2011, the Gainsbourg 20 years collection made the catwalk part of the filming of the Requiem pour un con (idiot) in tribute to Serge Gainsbourg. In 2014, artist Christina Goh filmed the video for the jazz L’Instant.

The statue of Thomas Jefferson , President of the United States of America from 1801 to 1809 and ambassador to Paris from 1785 to 1789 was offered to France in 2006, The statue stands at the entrance to the footbridge at Quai Anatole-France and near the Hôtel de Salm, which inspired him to build his residence in Monticello

Léopold Sédar Senghor, was born October 9, 1906 in Joal (Senegal) and died December 20, 2001 in Verson (France), first black associate in a French university. He was a French and then Senegalese statesman, poet, writer and first President of the Republic of Senegal. He was a minister in France before Senegal’s independence and was the first African to serve on the French Academy.

You get there walking of course, but if far you can take the metro Assamblée Nationale line 12; however, better on the bus lines 72 quai des Tuileries, bus 73 Assamblée Nationale. Also, the RER C stop Musée d’Orsay.

The Paris tourist office on the passerelle :

It is sentimental to me as I walked it first under the name of Solférino with my dear late wife Martine showing off her Paris knowledge back in 2004, At that time it was loaded with Love Locks until finally removed gladly by the efforts of a couple of expats whose love of Paris and France made them French citizen and sadly as my wife ,one of them died of cancer.  It is much better now thanks to their effort a sparkling clean bridge with no pad locks !!!


There you go folks, another dandy in the most beautiful city in the world…Paris! And a wonderful nostalgice footbridge ,the Passarelle Léopold Sédar Senghor , as well as a great area of wonders in architecture and history; Again, hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “The Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor of Paris !”

  1. The footbridges over the Seine make it possible to enjoy the cityscape more serenely than having car traffic beside, whether it is this one, the Passerelle des Arts or the Passerelle Debilly.

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    • Over the Seine there are about 37 bridges all nice some better than others but magical to walk bike ride over the them, should be one of the thrills of Paris. Thanks for stopping by Cheers

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