“Aubergine,” “Contractuelle:” Parisians have not always been kind to members of the pioneer female police corps introduced in 1960s Paris. Their mission: monitor the streets of the French capital and assign parking tickets when necessary.

They walked around rain or shine and could prove inflexible. Parisian drivers feared and despised them equally.

By the 1970s, they had become “les Pervenches,” (the periwinkles) after their new blue uniform. Today, they are long gone and have been replaced by private security companies or monitoring cameras.

On Friday at 5:00pm Paris, I will head to YouTube and take France with Véro Patrons on another exclusive, live virtual tour in the French capital.

I plan to introduce them to this “Pervenche” I saw fully engrossed in writing a ticket to a parking offender who tried to play it cool nearby.

She’ll likely be very quiet. She is a “trompe-l’oeil (optical illusion) you see, straight out of the past.

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Véronique of France with Véro

Véronique of France with Véro

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