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Pavilion of France

The Pavilion of France is located on Ile Notre-Dame and consists of a powerful structure of concrete and steel, entirely enclosed within walls of glass surrounded by aluminum sun-breaker strips, providing an attractive sculpture effect. The building comprises of eight exhibition levels with a total surface of approximately 220,000 sq. ft. its height is approximately 100 feet; the whole being dominated by decorative masts and a steel arrow.

The French presentation develops around the theme of Tradition and Invention, in the French genius at all levels.

At the lower level a circular pool of water may be given a theatre setting by means of a mobile stage.

The restaurant, a motion picture hall, conference rooms, an exhibition of transport and tourism are all at the same level.

The Salon of d'honneur, the Press, the Exhibition of great works of France in the world, and the City of Paris are all on the ground floor.

At levels 1, 2 and 3: French science and its many applications, color television, electronics, the development of sources of power, physics, astronomy.

Click here to see a map of the France floor plan.

Click here to see photos of the construction of the France Pavilion.