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Everybody loves the Marais neighborhood in Paris today, but at one time it was on the chopping block to make room for a monstrosity. How did that happen?In our on-going series about French history, Annie and Elyse take a look at the amazing story surrounding the birth of Louis XIV. In this episode I give you some background on the Pantheon so you can decide if you'd like to visit it next time you're in Paris. I also address some of the controversial topics having to do with the Pantheon. Why are there so few women in the Pantheon? Why were some people taken out of the Pantheon? What does it feel like visiting the Pantheon? Four new greats were introduced into the Pantheon in June 2015. Who are they?The Pantheon in Paris is wonderful for people who love creepy crypts and French history. But is it for you? What will you see there?Today we talk about Napoleon in Paris. Specifically how Napoleon changed Paris physically and how he left his mark on all French institutions. Under Napoleon France transformed itself from the "Ancien Régime" to a "modern" society. We don't discuss the Napoleonic conquests, but rather his long-lasting influence on France. La Bastille Saint Antoine is an area of Paris that has enormous significance in French history, yet only lives in our memory. Elyse tells us who build La Bastille, what it was for, and how it became so important in French history. Voltaire was imprisoned in the Bastille, along with a lot of other famous and important people over the years. In this episode, we also talk about Bastille Day, a wonderful celebration all over France and how you can participate if you are in France this week.