Vive la rentrée: Marvel at these vintage photos of France's end-of-summer tradition

If you have ever visited Paris in August you may have noticed something surprising: where are all the locals?

Well, they’re off enjoying the hot French summer, away from the stickiness of the city. But come the end of August, they all come flooding back. Ready to return to work, school, and normal life.

The end of the summer holidays in France is marked by a tradition known as ‘la rentrée.’ Although similar to the English’s ‘back to school’, the French equivalent means a lot more than a return to school in September.

Marking a return to the office for workers, and the return of French parliament following a summer break, ‘la

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