In the decades leading up to the First World War, France and Russia cemented their military collaborations with the ‘Franco-Russian Alliance’, agreed in 1894. In what unusual way was the alliance celebrated?

Answer: Through the building of bridges. The ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge was erected in Paris in 1896, and the Trinity Bridge in St. Petersburg a year later in 1897. The heads of states of each nation were present when the foundation stone was laid for each structure.

Source: Petersburg- Novel and City, 1900-1921 by Olga Matich

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