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A little history of la Canebière

The Canebière | Philippe Alès / CC-BY-SA
Street District Canebière

Notre Cane Cane Canebière... Et partout elle est populaire, says the famous French song, "Our Canebière is famous everywhere".

Of course, a proverb also says: "If Paris had its own Canebière, it would be a little Marseille"!

In the past, this street was called Plan Fourmiguier. At the end of the 13th century, Charles II raised a galleys building site, here.

The street became Canebière in the 17th century, laid out on the northern part of the old Plan.

Its name comes from Latin canebe, which means "hemp": the Canebière was the place where merchants came to trade hemp!

Don’t trust the current quiet look of the street: on the Canebière took place, in the past, public executions and pillory.

During the French Revolution, they raised the guillotine here, in front of the place Royale (current place du Général-de-Gaulle)...

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