THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES
A WORLD SHOP WINDOW

 

100 million people pass each other each year on the Champs-Elysées of which 20 million are tourists. Which amounts to 300 000 pedestrians each day on the world’s most beautiful Avenue, a statistic which is doubled during the end of year festivities.

Set within a district which has become famous, the Avenue itself remains one of the foremost symbols of France and its capital. The Champs-Elysées continues to develop its attractiveness.

THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES
FAITHFUL TO ITS ORIGINS

 

From its past and future as the principal thoroughfare of Paris, the Champs-Elysées embodies the great adventure of the French people.

The “triumphant route” was conceived in the 17th century with the vocation to be a place for promenades.In 1664, André Le Nôtre, gardener for Louis XIV (the term landscape gardener was not yet used) was commissioned by the King to redesign the grounds of the Tuileries château. Le Nôtre focused on the central alley and decided to extend it in a straight line beyond the park to where the Rond-Point stands today, with a tree lined esplanade between marshes, cows and several small dairies.