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Paris-20e-arrondissement, Paris, Ile de France

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Paris' 20th arrondissement is a hidden gem boasting a blend of bohemian charm and modernity. Known for its village-like atmosphere and artistic spots, it’s a must-visit. Wander through the narrow streets of Ménilmontant, visit the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery where many celebrities rest, or explore the art galleries and eclectic cafés of Belleville. Numerous parks and green spaces, like Parc de B...See more

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"Les bouquinistes", The booksellers
3.3 km

"Les bouquinistes", The booksellers

The booksellers of Paris are booksellers of books old and second-hand, present on a big part of banks of the Seine. According to the article 9 of the municipal by-law of October 1st, 1993, signed by Jacques Chirac, boxes used by the secondhand booksellers will have to be of a model approved by the Administration presenting an outside template determined by the dimensions below, for a maximal length of 8,60 m. The tradition of the secondhand booksellers begins near the XVIè century with small traders peddlers. Under the pressure of the booksellers, a regulation of 1649 forbids the portable shops and the display of books on the Bridge "Pont Neuf". The power in the time was rather worried of limiting the not censored parallel markets. The itinerant booksellers are thus, according to period, hunted then reinstated under enjoyments. In 1859, concessions are organized by the city of Paris and the secondhand booksellers can become established in fixed points. Each is entitled 10 meters away from rail for an annual right of 26,35 F tolerance and 25 F of franchise tax. Openings are made of the rise at sunset. Finally, it is in 1930 when the dimensions of "boxes" are fixed. Installed on more than three kilometers along the Seine and registered on the UNESCO world heritage in 1991, 240 Parisian secondhand booksellers exploit 900 " green boxes " where are about explained 300 000 second-hand old books and one very large number of magazines, stamps and cards of collection.

5.6 km
75004 Paris
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