I have just been checking the UNESCO Web site for documentation about the "Paris Banks of Seine" and was surprised to discover a detailed
map of the boundaries. It is dated 2006 but I am sure it wasn't there when I looked only a few weeks ago on this subject. Did anyone else look recently?? Surely one of us would have found it when this subject arose? Perhaps someone from UNESCO reads this forum!!http://whc.unesco.org/download.cfm?id_document=101409
(beware it is 14mb in size)
Among other things it shows clearly that Ile des Cygnes is NOT included although the southern bank as far as Pont de Bir-Hakeim IS.
My French is not good enough to handle the exact nuances of many French words but it might be of interest that the French language ICOMOS evaluation documentation dated 1990 clearly uses the title
of the site as "Les berges de la Seine a Paris". But the minutes of the WHC (and all documentation thereafter as far as I can see) describe it as "Paris, rives de la Seine". As I understand it "Berge" emphasises the concept of "banks" - steep-sidedness etc etc whereas "Rive" is more general. Can anyone with a better appreciation of French than mine confirm this? If this is correct then, given the extent of the site away from the literal steep sided "banks" in some places at least, the word "Rives" would indeed seem to be a better word - but then why did ICOMOS use "Berges" as the title
for their evaluation -surely it must have been what the French originally called it? Unfortunately for inscriptions this old we do not have access to the original nomination documentation
(PS Els - the Connection for "Statue of Liberty" on the Ile des Cygnes now definitely needs to be removed!)