The Incredible Story of How France Created the Decimal Metric System

The Incredible Story of How France Created the Decimal Metric System

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Picture Introduction,

The last remaining ‘mtre étalons’, or one of the standard metro bars, can be found under a window in front of the Ministry of Justice in Paris.

On the façade of the Ministry of Justice in Paris, just below a window on the ground floor, is a marble slab engraved with a horizontal line and the word ‘MÈTRE’.

It’s barely noticeable on the grand Place Vendme – in fact, out of all the tourists on the square, I was the only one who stopped and reflected on it.

But this plaque is one of the last ‘yardstick’ (Standard Meter Bar) that were put up 200 years ago in an attempt to introduce a new universal system of measurement throughout the city.

And it is one of many sites in Paris that point to the long and fascinating history of the metric system.

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