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Location address: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
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The inventor Claude Chappe placed on the hill l’Étoile a tachograph. This device could transfer messages from one hill to another. The tachograph was put on the site of the Arc de Triomphe. This was the period just after the French Revolution. The population, however, dind’t trust these activities. It was presumed that secret information was transmitted to “the enemy”. An angry crowd marched to the mound to lynch Claude Chappe. He could flee but his device got destroyed by the crowd.
The Place Charles de Gaulle, pronounced: [plas ʃaʁl də ɡol], historically known as the Place de l’Étoile (pronounced: [plas də letwal]), is a large road junction in Paris, France, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues (hence its historic name, which translates as “Square of the Star”) including the Champs-Élysées. It was renamed in 1970 following the death of General and President Charles de Gaulle. It is still often referred to by its original name, and the nearby metro station retains the designation Charles de Gaulle - Étoile.