The Dead Zones of France

French real-world scenery straight out of post-apocalyptic science fiction. Photo by Olivier Saint Hilaire.

These years we commemorate that a century has passed since World War One. The industrialized carnage of the Western Front has become a fixture in the European midset. However, in France the fall-out of the war still lingers in a very material sense: between Paris and the border to Belgium, large tracts of land are littered with undetonated munitions and poisoned by residues from chemical warfare. Some places are still off limits for civilians and it is estimated that Europe will be in the 23rd century before they have been completely cleared, for instance near Verdun, Arras, Cambrai — places where millions of young men perished 100 years ago.

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