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The canal was opened in 1825 after Napoleon had ordered the artificial waterway dug to supply Paris with water, however by the 1960s, traffic had dwindled to a trickle and the canal narrowly escaped being filled in and paved over for a highway.
Today, the canal is a popular destination for Parisians and tourists who watch the barges navigate the series of locks and road bridges.
The canal in fiction
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