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The Bièvre

The Bièvre is a 36 kilometre-long river that flows into the Seine in Paris.

During the 18th century, the Bièvre was of great economic importance, with numerous tanneries and workshops built alongside its banks. The river was used as a dumping ground and became severely polluted as a result.

Nowadays, the Bièvre is virtually out of sight, concealed by the urban landscape.

Trivia

  • The origins of the river's name have been interpreted as the Celtic beber, meaning "beaver", and the Latin verb bibere, "to drink".

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