Place du 8 Février 1962

Coordinates: 48°51′17″N 2°23′7″E / 48.85472°N 2.38528°E / 48.85472; 2.38528

11 Arrt
Place du 8 Février 1962
Quarter Charonne
Length 60 m (200 ft)
Width 60 m (200 ft)
Creation 8 February 2007
Denomination 8 Février 1962

The Place du 8 Février 1962 is a public square located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, specifically in the Charonne district, at the intersection of the Rue de Charonne and the Boulevard Voltaire.

The name of the square commemorates the date, 8 February 1962, when the "martyrs of Charonne", nine unfortunate victims, were killed at the entrance of the nearby subway station. The killings happened during the repression of a demonstration against the shadowy Secret Army Organization (OAS) and the Algerian War. According to the historian, Alain Dewerpe, this event qualifies as a "state-sponsored massacre".[1]

Dedication of the square

The square was dedicated on 8 February 2007 by Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris, after sprays of flowers were deposited at the foot of a commemorative plaque installed inside the metro station where the killings occurred. The memorial was sponsored by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) of the RATP (Autonomous Transport Operating Company of Paris).

Metro station

The Place du 8 Février 1962 is:

Located near the metro stationCharonne.
It is served by the 9 line.


External links

  • Nomenclature officielle
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