A Parisian real estate broker (François Rivelois – Wharton & Associés) and a publisher (David d’Equainville – Journal de Paris) met up to acquire from the City Hall in Paris authentic cobblestones from the Place du Trocadéro, opposite the Human Rights Plaza and the Eiffel Tower. The publication Pavé de Paris (Paris Cobblestone), which is a book and an object (limited edition), confirms their intention to recall the history and the stones with which the symbols of our freedom have been built.
We should remember that the Place du Trocadéro was the place chosen in 1948 by the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
That is why, in order to acknowledge this really important memory, each Pavé de Paris editioncobblestone, from the Place du Trocadéro, will be put in a stamped wooden box and accompanied by the reprint of the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in two languages (French, English). These are two rare objects that you should definitely discover.
9th Century – in the reign of Charlemagne, the necessity of paving the streets emerged as an essential factor to favour commerce with prosperity. 1186 – Philippe-Auguste started paving the principal arteries of the capital. 1388 – Charles VI ordered that the cobblestones should be maintained by the residents. 1539 – François I specified by edict that “any and all people, whatever their state, should lay paving on a reasonable gradient and maintainit in a good state, keeping the streets clean”. 1608 – Following several accidents, the Finance Bureau ordered that the stones used to construct the streets of Paris should be replaced by sandstone cobbles. 1832 – Republican insurrection in June described by Victor Hugo in Les Misérables: “What was this barricade made of? … It was a combination of cobblestones, rubble, wooden beams, bars…” Here the author presents the heart of the novel: “the end of oppression, the end of tyranny, the end of the sword, work for men, instruction for children, gentle social activity for women, liberty, equality, fraternity, bread for all, ideas for all, the edenisation of the world, progress”. 1945 – Henri Rol-Tanguy, head of the FFI (forces françaises de l’intérieur – French Forces of the Interior) for the Ile-de-France region, displayedthe rallying cry of liberation in the capital: “Everyone to the barricades”. 1948 – At the Palais de Chaillot, below the Trocadero Plaza, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, on 10th December. The first article stipulates that: “ All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” 1968 – “Under the cobblestones lies the beach”, wrote the demonstrators on the walls of Paris during the events on May 68. 2017 – first edition of Pavé de Paris (by NBE éditions)