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Fake Paris: An Ultimate Shocking Secret Of French Authorities Unrevealed!

An unbelievable secret of Paris remained hidden until 2011, Le Figaro newspaper revealed a well-planned strategy of Parisians to fool German pilots by building a fake replica of Paris “Faux Paris”, “Sham Paris”, a ‘shadow city’, a fake City of Light. This was hidden with an obvious reason but its discovery has left people mesmerized.

Fake Paris: An Ultimate Shocking Secret Of French Authorities Unrevealed!

Why France needed a Fake Paris

During World War I, Germans used to send silent, stealthy zeppelins and heavy-duty airplanes known as Gothas across the continent to bomb the civilian cities of their enemies, particularly during the night. The constant threat of attack gave way to the birth of the extraordinary idea in the year 1917 of fooling the German bombers by creating a replica of Paris just outside the city so that the bombs could only destroy the decoys made of wood and fabric.


This was the time when Radar was in its infancy and even Gothas weren’t exactly stealth bombers either, so pilots had to fly purely by sight. When they spotted what they believed to be their target, they used to send bombs one after another onto the unsuspecting populations. This uncertainty gave the plan a momentum and an Italian Engineer Fernand Jacopozzi was appointed.

Fake Paris: An Ultimate Shocking Secret Of French Authorities Unrevealed!

The plan ultimately called for the construction around the commuter town of Maisons-Laffitte, 15 miles from the Notre Dame because it was situated on a similar-looking stretch of the River Seine with that of Paris. A total of three areas were chosen in the North East for replicating the iconic train hub, North West to replicating city center complete with iconic monuments and East of Paris was the faux industrial zone with factories and other indications of wartime production. Among the replica buildings was a copy of the Gare du Nord train station, the Arc de Triomphe and the Paris Opera.


But the ultimate wonder was its minute details – the designer went to bring ultimate perfection. Most of the structures were made with plastic, wood, and cloth giving it a real look from the air but not much from the land. Streets were laid including the street light. Wooden replicas of buildings were completed with translucent paint on roofs giving an illusion of dirty glass roofs of factories. Wooden trains were moved along the track to give a feel of real train moving.


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Fake Paris: An Ultimate Shocking Secret Of French Authorities Unrevealed!

But the real gem was its lighting, German was attacking in the night so the light served as most important. Fernand Jacopozzi was in responsibility of illumination. He imposed a complete blackout on the