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Chirac, as term ends, marks V-E Day

PARIS, May 8 (UPI) -- Jacques Chirac, probably the last French president to have lived through World War II, made his final public appearance Tuesday at a ceremony marking its end.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrapup of Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Time is getting short for horses with aspirations for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs. For most, there is time for
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

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France honors 'Goddess'

PARIS, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Hundreds of owners of Citroen DS -- AKA the "Goddess" -- drove to Paris during the weekend for the 50th anniversary of the icon of French auto industry.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

With just four weeks to go before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park, weekend racing around the country and overseas all had an
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

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ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrapup of Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Poor turnout for Jackson vigils

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Several vigils organized to show support for Michael Jackson generated only a lukewarm turnout, the BBC reported Sunday.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of the weekend's Thoroughbred racing action
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

8 Europeans highlight Million field

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- When Arlington Park created the first million-dollar race in Thoroughbred racing history in 1981 and put it on the grass, the intention was to draw the best hor

Naked Austrian statue shocks mayor

SALZBURG, Austria, July 25 (UPI) -- Even Prince Charles may find it hard to keep a stiff British upper lip as he passes by the giant statue during his weekend trip to Salzburg, Austria.

Feature: Mysteries of the faith

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Today in the United States we have more than enough angst to go around: The Iraq war, terrorism, the bleak clouds of 9/11 still hover heavy over us. At such tim
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Arc de Triomphe
United Nations armored vehicles pass the Arc de Triomphe during the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)
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The Arc de Triomphe, (Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile), is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. There is a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe, (in English: Triumphal Arch), honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Underneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The Arc de Triomphe is the linchpin of the historic axis (Axe historique) — a sequence of monuments and grand thoroughfares on a route which goes from the courtyard of the Louvre, to the Grande Arche de la Défense. The monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, and its iconographic program pitted heroically nude French youths against bearded Germanic warriors in chain mail. It set the tone for public monuments, with triumphant patriotic messages, until World War I.

The monument stands 50 m (160 ft) in height, 45 m (148 ft) wide and 22 m (72 ft) deep. The large vault is 29.19 m (95.8 ft) high and 14.62 m (48.0 ft) wide. The small vault is 18.68 m (61.3 ft) high and 8.44 m (27.7 ft) wide. It is the second largest triumphal arch in existence. Its design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus. The Arc de Triomphe is so colossal that three weeks after the Paris victory parade in 1919, marking the end of hostilities in World War I, Charles Godefroy flew his Nieuport biplane through it, with the event captured on newsreel.

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