Press archives tell our story / 1872, the creation of the Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas

Episode #4


1870, France loses the war it is waging against Prussia at Sedan. A series of political upheavals followed – the fall of the Empire, the Paris Commune – to which was added the heavy war indemnity that the State had to pay to the victor in 1871. Several banking institutions lent their support to the financing of the National Loan intended to repay the debt. Among these, we find the Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas (future Paribas) created in 1872.

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About the series “Press archives tell our story

The video series “Press archives tell our story” is the result of a collaboration between the Archives & History department of BNP Paribas and Retronews-BNF, the team at the Bibliothèque nationale de France dedicated to promoting a collection of press titles published between 1636 and 1950. Five episodes based on archive images highlight the key moments in the history of the banks that were the ancestors of BNP Paribas. The origins of the Group, the internationalisation of its activities, the financing of the economy… (Re)discover our history through the lens of the press.


BNF press website, Retronews

BNF press website, Retronews


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