TRAVELOGUE – While Monaco announced an easing of health restrictions on Monday, April 19, the second smallest state in the world is discovered far from gold and glossy clichés. Another image of the principality between land and sea. Behind the concrete, nature!
By Bérénice Debras (text) and Éric Martin for Le Figaro Magazine (Pictures)
[Monaco a annoncé un assouplissement des restrictions sanitaires dès lundi 19 avril, décalant le couvre-feu à 21 heures et autorisant une réouverture contrôlée des restaurants le soir.]
Monaco is a form of historical anomaly, argues Thomas Fouilleron, director of archives and library at the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. In Europe, dozens of principalities that existed in the Middle Ages and modern times disappeared in the 19th century when nation-states were formed. Monaco, despite its small size, managed to survive. There is some kind of miracle. The secession of Roquebrune and Menton in 1848 amputated the principality of its most laudable lands. Its territory is shrinking like a skin of grief, dropping from 25 km2 to 1.5 km2 (2.02 km2 today). “ The Grimaldi dynasty could have let go and be compensated by selling Monaco. On the contrary, she showed a tenacity to want
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