A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War

When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there’s one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the “Zone Rouge”


  • canminuteman

    European civilization did in WW1. It will never recover. France was totally destroyed. There is one entry on the war memorial at St Cyr, the French military academy for the class of 1914. 25 percent of French military aged men died in WW1. There “surrender monkey” reputation is a total myth, (their poor showing in WW11 notwithstanding).

    • It was the beginning of the end.

    • Millie_Woods

      If not for France’s punative reparations demands after WWI there may have been no WWII. No Hitler, no holocaust. The French have earned their “shitty little” reputation.

      • canminuteman

        The Germans attacked France without provocation in 1870 then again in 1914. In 1914-18, they pretty much wiped them off the map. I think that it’s totally understandable that they were pissed. The war reparations case is a convincing argument, but we will never know what would have happened without them, will we. WW11 might of happened anyway. WW1 happened without Germany paying reparations from the 1870 Franco Prussian war.

        • Millie_Woods

          Payback for the Napoleonic wars which left large swaths of Europe in ruin. Whatever the cause, France has earned a degree of distain among western nations due to its failed foreign policy and enlarged ego. The list is long, Vietnam, it’s victorious posing after WWI and WWII, the force de frappe, it’s support of Argentina during the Falklands War….the French nation makes me want to puke.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
    I am the grass. I cover all.
    And pile them high at Gettysburg
    And at Ypres and Verdun.
    Shovel them under and let me work.
    Two years, ten years,
    And the passengers ask the conductor,
    “What place is this? Where are we now?”
    I am the grass. I cover all.
    – Carl Sandberg

  • Canadian

    Perfect job for “migrants”. Clean up the place.

  • bob e

    i agree with minuteman .. they were erased in ww1. held verdun .
    lost most men except for mebbe the ruskies( who didn’t care anyway.
    zone rouge is around verdun. i see the french point of view .. after the germans came again ..

    • Clausewitz

      The problem was that after Napoleon the French were always preparing for the last war while the Prussians and then the German always took the real lessons from the last war and then prepared for the next.

  • Blacksmith

    I was not surprised to learn there were red zones from the great wars, I was surprised to learn they were this extensive.

  • DMB

    Looks like a great place to relocate its detained and imprisoned Muslim population.