View looking towards the church of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, with Sacré-Coeur in the background.
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This street was created in 1771 between the Boulevard des Italiens and the Rue de Provence. Its original name was Rue d'Artois, in honour of the Comte d'Artois, brother of the king Louis XVI, later king of France with the name of Charles X. But in 1792, during the French Revolution, the prince had emigrated outside of France and the street was renamed Rue Cerutti. Giuseppe Cerutti was an Italian writer living in a mansion in the street at the junction with the Boulevard des Italiens. He was a former Jesuit, became Republican and was elected to the French National Assembly. He wrote the eulogy of Mirabeau. He died the same year (1791) and the street was renamed in his honour.
After the Bourbon Restoration, the street's name was changed back to Rue d'Artois. In 1826, the street was lengthened to the street of Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, in the field of Hôtel Thellusson, which was destroyed. The French financier and politician Jacques Laffitte (1767–1844) had his mansion at number 27. On 30 July 1830, with Adolphe Thiers and La Fayette, he took part in the Revolution of 1830: they offered the crown to the future king Louis-Philippe of France, because King Charles X had allowed soldiers to shoot civilians and because they feared that a republic would lead to disorder and foreign wars. In December 1830, Laffitte was President of the French Council of Ministers and the street was renamed after him. Laffitte shares with Victor Hugo the honour of having lived in a street bearing his name.
At the beginning of the street at the junction with the Boulevard des Italiens or the Boulevard Haussmann, there is an interesting view of the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, which seems to be on top of the church of Notre-Dame de Lorette. In fact, it is much more distant.
- "Plaque in memory of Napoleon III in Paris". Noblesse et Royaute.
- Histoire de Paris rue par rue, maison par maison, Charles Lefeuve, 1875 (http://www.paris-pittoresque.com/rues/265.htm)