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This stark contemporary memorial in Paris resides along the Seine River walkway between Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. It rises from the sidewalk with thin, colored, vertically scrolling signs that list names of those who gave their lives in the fighting in North Africa during the French colonial struggle to try and maintain control of Algeria and Tunis in the 1950s. Directly in front of the light bars is a rectangular space filled only with dirt; there is absolutely no vegetation around the memorial just sand. The lack of greenery may be due to recent construction or part of the contemporay starkness of the memorial. There is also a small marker with a plaque that honors the civilians killed in a massacre in 1962.

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