Rue de l’Arbre Sec

Arrondissement 1

Numbers: 15, 39, 46

Named either after a draper’s street sign showing a tree without leaves or from the hangman’s scaffold a the street’s northern end, on the corner with the  Rue Saint-Honoré, in the 13th century it was the north-south road crossing the 10th century city walls.

Friedrich Engels lived at No. 15 (formerly No. 11) in 1844 when he came to visit Marx in Paris. The building is now a primary school, previously for girls.

Engels stayed at No. 15 in 1844 when he visited Marx and ignited their life-long collaboration.

After the First World War, the pioneers of Algerian national independence used to meet at No. 39, the ironmonger’s shop belonging to Hadj-Ali Abdelkader. In 1926 he was both a member of the Central Committee of the French Communist Party and first president of the North-African Star movement created that year.

The German ‘League of the Just‘ formed largely of exiled German skilled workers used to meet in 1836 at No. 46 led at that time by Wilhelm Weitling.

Pierre Lambert ran the Parti communiste internationaliste also at No. 46 in 1950-1951, producing the newspaper, La Véri, from 1946 until 1958 when it was turned into a journal.