One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in France) a city hall or town hall.
- ‘The Hotel de Ville is presumably that in Paris.’
- ‘The Hotel de Ville (City Hall) shouldn't be missed.’
- ‘These revolutionary forces played a key role in the liberation of Paris, and the National Resistance Council took up post in the hôtel de ville, the temple of all French revolutions, in order to receive General de Gaulle on 25 August.’
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