It is named for a statue, La Défense de Paris, commemorating the defence of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War. The name of the area sometimes causes confusion with foreigners, who assume it has something to do with the military.
As part of the project to complete the Axe historique, a large monument—the Grande Arche—was built at the western end of the district.
La Défense, with the famous marble Grande Arche in the center
At the western end is a large transport interchange, built around and over the railway station which predates the modern development. It includes a bus station, the terminus of the T2 tram line, a station on RER line A, and the terminus of Line 1 of the Paris Metro, "La Défense (Grande Arche)." Line 1 also has a station at the eastern end, closer to Paris, called the "Esplanade de La Défense".
Buildings of La Défense (http://www.insecula.com/salle/MS02241.html/)
Sculptures of La Défense (http://www.insecula.com/salle/MS02242.html/)
Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of staff, greets Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and his wife Becky upon their arrival in Beijing, China, Nov. 4, 2007.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Beijing for meetings with Chinese civilian and military leaders.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to women who have answered Americaâ€™s call to duty since the nationâ€™s founding during the Women in Military Service for America Memorialâ€™s 10th anniversary celebration here.
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