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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Below a window in front of the Ministry of Justice in Paris is one of the remaining ‘mètre étalons’ or the usual metro bars.

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

It’s very impressive in the great place Vendom – in fact, of all the tourists in the square, I was the only one who stopped and reflected on it.

But this template is one of the last ‘Criteria’ (Standard meter bars) were installed throughout the city over 200 years ago in an attempt to introduce a new universal measurement system.

It is just one of many sites in Paris that point to a long and fascinating history of the metric system.

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