Arrondissement 1

Rue Montorgueil

A very old central Paris road that was the birthplace of France’s best known 19th century singer-song writer, and the centre of the 1839 insurrection

Rue de l’Arbre Sec

Arrondissement 1
One of Paris’ ancient streets in the heart of the old city on the North (right) bank of the Seine it links Engels and 21st century Trotskyists

Rue des Bourdonnais

Arrondissement 1
One of central Paris’ very early streets it was repeatedly straightened and given different names. for the left it was the centre of the February 1848 Revolution.


Arrondissement 1
The 11th century royal dungeon is best known for putting up Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre before their executions, but it was still used to imprison leftists in the 1830s and 1840s.

Place Joachim de Bellay

Arrondissement 1
The Paris fruit and vegetable market, the Marché des Innocents, was created in 1787. Its fountain is now the centre of this new square.

Palais du Louvre

Arrondissement 1
The Louvre Palace was stormed in 1830 and in September 1870 Courbet and dozens of artists set up a Commission for the protection of the Heritage of Paris’ museums.

Arrondissement 2

Rue Saint Marc

Within the emerging printing district, the street witnessed a key meeting by journalists in 1830 that helped trigger the July Revolution.

Rue Montorgueil

A very old central Paris road that was the birthplace of France’s best known 19th century singer-song writer, and the centre of the 1839 insurrection

Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle

Arrondissements 2, 10
A very broad street built on the demolished ramparts and moat of the 16th century city wall it has frequently seen left political demonstrations being attacked by police.

Boulevard des Capucines

Arrondissement 2, 9
One of the Grand Boulevards Karl Marx and Louise Michel have both walked the street painted by Monet

Rue du Croissant

Arrondissement 2
In the 19th century this street became a major centre of left republican and then socialist publications.

Rue Favart

Arrondissement 2
Lenin, Trotksy, Krupskaya and Natalya saw a show at the Comic Opera together in 1902. It was founded by Louis IV in 1714.

Arrondissement 3

Place de la République

The Place de la République is over two hundred years old. For most of that time it has played a big part in linking the Left to the (often overlooked) ideals of freedom, equality and solidarity.

Rue des Archives

Arrondissement 3
Housing the Museum of National Archives the road has also witnessed barricades and many left meetings

Rue Beaubourg

Arrondissement 3
Before Haussmann and recent rebuilding this was 12 Rue Transnonain, where soldiers massacred everyone living in the house in 1834.

Rue Béranger

Named after the biggest poet song-writer of the 19th century who was jailed twice for his anti-Monarchism.

Rue de Bretagne

Arrondissement 3
An old 17th century road dating from 1608 in the early 20th century it included a cafe and restaurant where Lenin spent an evening listening to revolutionary songs

Rue Commines

Arrondissement 3
A Marais street that was home to the German Communist League that hosted Marx in 1848

Arrondissement 4

Place de la Bastille

The square remains the symbol of revolutionary change and the end to despotism despite no trace remaining of the original Bastille fort

Rue Charlemagne

One of Paris’ oldest streets in the Marais houses the Charlemagne Secondary School, attended by many of France’s leftists in the 19th and 20th centuries

Rue des Francs-Bourgeois

A 14th century road still full of aristocratic town mansions including one that now houses the National Archives, as well as memories of Barbes, Blanqui and Blum.

Quai d’Orléans

Arrondissement 4
The Polish Library used by Rosa Luxemburg where a small historical exhibition gives an account of key 19th century Polish nationalist figures.

Rue Quincampoix

Arrondissement 3, 4
An ancient narrow street where Blanqui was wounded in 1827, and where Barbès marched in 1839.

Rue Rambuteau

Arrondissements 1, 3, 4
After its most famous 1832 featured in Victor Hugo’s fiction, the less prosaic barricades that followed in 1848 were equally unsuccessful.