From one war to another

The Dreyfus affair was the moment that redefined the French Left between the two wars against Germany

Anarchism, Socialism, Paris Exhibition, Dreyfus, Revolutionary syndicalism – in progress

Rue de Courcelles

Arrondissements 8, 17

Numbers: 14, 48. 77, 80, 94

One of the arms dumps organised by the FTP-MOI resistance during the German occupation was at No. 14. After she was captured in November 1943, the Jewish Romanian communist Olga Bancic responsible for the dump and for up to 100 attacks on the occupying troops, was guillotined in Germany on May 10 1944.

Charles Dickens, not an early socialist but a good social realist author, stayed at No. 48 when he visited Paris in 1868, before the house was turned into a Chinese-style mansion in 1922

The tax office and barrier across the road at No. 77 was burnt down on 22 February 1848 in the uprising against Louis-Phillipe.

Fernard Pelloutier, the strategist of revolutionary syndicalism, was born at No. 80 in 1867, and lived there until 1879.

The Central Office of the 1848 National Workshops that organised work for up to 100,000 unemployed workers between March and June 1848 were in what is now No. 94 (at the time No. 6 Rue de Chartres).

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Rue Levert

Arrondissement 20

Numbers: 25, 32

An early 18th century path in the Belleville commune it became a road in 1837 and was named after a lawyer who had been mayor of the Belleville Commune from 1805 to 1829.

After the defeat of the Paris Commune, Jean Allemane hid at a friend’s house at No. 25. But he was arrested there on 28 May 1871 and then sentenced to hard labour for life.

Fernand Pelloutier and his brother Maurice and the two Ridel sisters lived at No. 32 from 1895 to 1899.