Parc and quai André Citroën are named after the former car factory where Tractions, 2CVs and DS were manufactured between 1919 and 1976.
Prior to the Citroën factory, in the same neighborhood, there
was a chemical factory producing bleach (eau de Javel) since 1777.
Besides these names, nothing today can remind us of the high industrial activity in this district. Difficult to imagine that just after pont de Grenelle, there was the Jean-François
Cail plant producing railway locomotives and other equipment. The plant was later replaced in 1909 by the Vel' d'Hiv', an indoor velodrome, of sinister memory with the mass arrest of Jews in July 1942. It was demolished in 1959.
the towers of Front de Seine have replaced the industrial plants, the houses and the dilapidated homes shared by the Citroën foreign workers. I could get an idea of the atmosphere at that time, with a crime fiction from Leo Malet, a master of crime fiction
in post war Paris. (Unfortunately, Les Eaux Troubles de Javel, the tenth book of the New Mysteries of Paris has not been translated in English).
Who says that it is not by reading detective stories that you will learn something? This
is by reading this book, that I discovered the origin of the name Citroën. Roelof Jacob, a merchant of lemons in Holland was André Citroën's grandfather. The Napoleonic code civil had to be applied in Holland when Napoleon took over
this country in 1810. Roelof, as an askenazi jew, had to choose a name. He chose quite naturally Citroen which means lemon in dutch ...
We are now on Pont de Grenelle. When we arrive at the level of the small version of the Statue of Liberty, of course turned towards the United States, let's go down to the island and walk along Allée des Cygnes (Alley of Swans). This is an artificial island, a former breakwater to protect the port of Grenelle. It is nice and quiet: you can sit on a bench enjoying the view of the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the
ducks among the water lilies ...and the many trees along the pathway.
At the end of the island, we now reach the pont de Bir-Hakeim, full with tourists and bimbos being photographed
at the foot of the pillars. The aesthetic of the bridge is quite captivating, even more during the night when it is illuminated by its gracious lamps and by the ray of light let by the aerial metro. Let's now walk on the right bank along the Trocadero gardens. Between Trocadero
and the Eiffel Tower, the pont d'Iena ornate with four huge warriors is packed with tourists and street vendors.
We now arrive at the level of pont de l'Alma with its famous zouave, now watchman
and reference when the Seine is flooded. The Zouave, more commonly known as the Zouzou, is left alone since the removal of the three other statues when the bridge underwent a complete reconstruction. The skirmisher
is in Vincennes, the grenadier in Dijon and the artilleryman at la Fère.
We now arrive at the landing stage of the Bateaux Mouches.