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Paris charges into history books

Updated 1545 GMT (2345 HKT) April 25, 2016
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Paris staged its first-ever Formula E race for electric cars at the weekend. © Spacesuit Media
The event was held in the heart of the chic seventh arrondissement -- home to the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides complex. © Spacesuit Media
There was "a high-level security presence" at the Paris ePrix. The French capital was the target of terror attacks last November and remains on high alert. Matthew Knight / CNN
There was a 20,000 sell-out crowd for the first Formula E race in Paris. © Spacesuit Media
Those without tickets lined the fences along the circuit to try and sneak a peak of the racing action. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
These fans went to new heights to try and watch the historic race around the Invalides in Paris on April 23 2016. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"Formula E is what got me into cars," explains Milo from London, who is seen outside the garage of his favorite driver, Sebastien Buemi, in Paris. Dad Hector says his son discovered Formula E by watching online. Sarah Holt / CNN
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo are among the dignitaries lending their support to the Paris ePrix. BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Formula E's reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr, seen here with a grid girl wearing a 'I Heart Paris' t-shirt, says: "Paris has got to easily be in the top-three venues -- maybe the best one." Sarah Holt / CNN
It was standing room only on a stylish Paris starting-grid before the race. Celebrites included model Eva Herzigova and British socialite Tamara Beckwith (pictured right). Sarah Holt / CNN
Lucas Di Grassi motored into history as the first driver to win the Paris ePrix but the celebrations weren't restricted to the podium after a positive weekend in Paris. ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/AFP/Getty Images