Place-Hôtel_Ville_ParisThe place de l’Hôtel de Ville, formerly  the Place de Grève (Square of the Strand), was a place where Parisians often gathered, particularly for public executions but  it was used also as a public meeting-place for unemployed people gathered to seek work. This circumstance accounts for the current French expressions, être en grève (to be on strike) and faire la grève (to do a strike).

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