La Defense Business District - Paris, France

La Défense is a major business district of the Paris aire urbaine. With a population of 20.000, the region is named after the iconic statue La Défense de Paris, which was erected in 1883 to commemorate the soldiers who had defended Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

In September 1958, The Public Establishment for Installation of La Défense (EPAD) buildings (of which the Esso Tower was the very first) were built and began to slowly replace the city’s factories, shanties, and even a few farms. The Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT) was built and first used in 1958

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