On the first of June 1905, Paris was recovering from the previous day’s bombing, an attempt to assassinate President Émile Loubet and the visiting Spanish king, Alfonso XIII. Both had escaped unharmed, but 22 people had been injured and one of the horses in the official entourage killed. Today, however—Ascension Day—was a calm day of dazzling sunshine, the sort of weather when men pulled down the brims of their hats and women strategically adjusted their parasols . . .
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