"Is Paris Burning?"

Mullins, Bill Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon Nov 14 18:30:18 UTC 2005

I think this line comes from a story during WWII.  Supposedly the
Germans who held Paris would burn it down before letting it be retaken
by the allies.  Someone informed Hitler that the Allies were moving in,
and he asked "Is Paris burning?"

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> "That's hot!"
> --Paris Hilton.
> ...
> I've seen the "Is Paris Burning?" line a lot in recent days.
> It doesn't seem to show up on ProQuest before 1964 and the
> book of that title. Maybe Fred has it?

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