Place Blanche

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Map of the Paris Commune (Place Blanche in green)

Place Blanche in Paris, France is one of the small plazas along the Boulevard de Clichy, which runs between the 9th and 18th arrondissements (Parisian districts) and leads into Montmartre. It is near Pigalle.

During the Paris Commune of Spring 1871, this was one of the countless areas where barricades were erected by the Communards to repel Adolphe Thiers's Versailles troops as they pressed westwards to retake the capital.

Moulin Rouge seen from the Place Blanche

The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge stands on the Place Blanche.

During the 1950s, the Place Blanche was a centre of Paris' transsexual community, documented in Christer Strömholm's book Les amies de Place Blanche.[1]


  1. ^ Sean O'Hagan (2 March 2012). "Les amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm – review". The Guardian. 

Coordinates: 48°53′2″N 2°19′57″E / 48.88389°N 2.33250°E / 48.88389; 2.33250