Rue Saint-Joseph

Arrondissement 2

Number: 10

Rue Saint-Joseph from the Rue Montmartre

Once called ‘Lost Time’ (Rue du Temps Perdu), in 1640 it was renamed after the Saint Joseph funeral chapel that used to occupy the corner with the Rue Montmartre.

On April 2 1840 Emile Zola was born on the fourth floor of No. 10 to a Venetian father and a French mother who came from Dourdan, 44km south of Paris. He is one of the rare leftists to be honoured with a plaque commemorating the first three years of their lives.