Roger-Viollet photographic collection

  • Created in 1938 by the journalist Hélène Roger-Viollet and her husband Jean Fischer, Roger-Viollet agency was taken over by the City of Paris under exceptional circumstances. In 1985, Fischer slit his 83-year-old wife’s throat and tried to make his crime look like suicide in the agency premises before killing himself in prison. Jacques Chirac, then Mayor of Paris, accepted the legacy of the Roger-Viollet photographic collection with a mission to promote it (nearly six million photographs, including many well-known or very old photographs).

France-Soir photographic collection

  • The City of Paris recovered the daily newspaper France-Soir archives in 1987, when the daily newspaper moved from its historic building.The City of Paris then bought the archive’s second part after the newspaper’s bankruptcy in 2012. France-Soir was created in 1944 and was one of the largest daily newspapers by circulation in France in the 60’s. Its photographic archives cover more than fty years of world history through 6.5 million images. 

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