A Russian tourist named Alex Rusbash once went to the largest capitals in the world. The 1970s was a year less stellar than the Paris we know of today.
It was a decade of anti-Americanism, boosted by Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber, but he described albeit vaguely of the political and economic weaknesses of France. He also wanted to keep the French values and hope they do not get submerged by foreign influence. Apparently, this thought hindered the country to adapt to a new form of modernity.
Moreover, France was being subjected to an unprecedented invasion of technology and consumerism despite her early reign as the first rank of world power (the country served as a mediator in the Cold War). In the end, the '70s was a hinge for France, a country that had to ease in the fast-paced globalization. Many were competing against France's 19th-century cultural victory. Eventually, the country had to reevaluate.
These images give a rare view of a more mundane street life among Parisians. It is, indeed, nothing like the stellar Paris that we know and love today.
Images are from Flashbak.