Jane Ridley

The Paris of Napoleon III was one big brothel – which is why the future Edward VII loved it

A review of Dirty Bertie, by Stephen Clarke. The rebuilding of Paris was partly about making it a capital for sexual tourism

Edward VII, portrayed in the French press hurrying across the Channel to the delights of Paris [Getty Images/Shutterstock/iStock/Alamy]

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