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Monument morskim taxi: photo, description Monument de Marne taxi)

Monument morskim taxis that saved Paris during the First world war, installed in a former suburb of Levallois, which is now within the city limits. The choice of location for the monument is not accidental.

In September 1914 German troops, carrying out the Schlieffen plan to encircle the French army was 40 kilometers from Paris. The commander in chief of the French General Joffre was inclined to surrender the capital and retreat behind the Seine, to finally give the decisive battle. The government left the city. To protect him were elderly, terminally ill military commandant Joseph Simon Gallieni - he demanded to strike at the flank of the advancing. On 3 September the commandant posted leaflets in the town: "I received the mandate to defend Paris against the invaders. I will carry it out to the end."

Incredible perseverance Gallieni gave the result - Joffre agreed to counter-attack. At first he was unsuccessful: the French lacked the strength. Backup Moroccan division was in Paris but it still had to transfer to the front. And then Gallieni decided requisitioned all the Paris taxis to quickly transfer part.

The police were looking for a taxi across the city, landed passengers and drove to the nursing Home. The formation of the columns have personally seen Gallieni ("At least it's original!" "he said). All night, amazing surrounding farmers, six hundred taxi was moving to the North-West of Paris, at the turn of the Marne river. There were two flights, transported about 6000 soldiers. The German offensive petered out.

Morskim taxi dedicated a memorial plaque installed on the route of the column, one such machine is on display at Les Invalides. Already in our century in the municipality of Levallois on the 11 November 1918 (the date of the surrender of Germany in world) was a marble statue of Renault AG-1 - these machines worked then a Paris taxi. The monument was sculpted by a young Italian sculptor Maurizio Toffoletti, famous for his virtuoso work with Carrara marble.

As regards the location of the monument, defined by historical circumstances: in the early XX century in the suburb Levallois housed most of the Paris taxi companies.