FRANCE: André

Paris was happy last week—the statue of the Zouave on the Pont d'Alma still had a dry midriff.

At some point lost in the mists of metropolitan folklore, Parisians began to use André as a flood meter. When the Seine is low his feet are high above the water level, but, as the river rises, it covers him bit by bit. When his feet get wet, it is bad. When his knees get wet. it is serious. When his thighs get wet, it is dangerous. When his belt gets wet, Paris begins to be flooded. In 1910 André was nearly...

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