Red Light Areas of France


July 2014 :- The French Senate has vetoed a law that would have meant that clients of prostitutes could be prosecuted. Technically there is a possibility that the law could be re-introduced but unlikely to be in the near future, if at all.


Place Pierre Semard


Avenue President Wilson


Quartier de la gare Saint Jean : Belcier, quai de paludate

Quartier Saint-Rémi : rue du pont de la mousque, rue courbin

Les quinconces

Passage Birly, rue de Ruat : massages

Rue du Pont de la Mousque


Cours Montalivet, Caen The traditional area of Place Saint Saveur appears to have been displaced to other areas, French workers appear to have been largely displaced by foreign workers. Africans on cours Montalivet (in their vans, see image), Romanians on quai de Juillet and la promenade de Madame de Sévigné, the banks of the River Orne in general, or quai Hamelin.

Les prostituées se sont déplacées de l'autre côté de l'Orne, sur la Presqu'île de Caen. "En matière de sécurité, être ici oùle long du cours Montalivet ça ne change rien", estime une prostituée. "Nous avons de bons rapports avec la police et nous nous sentons en sécurité ici. Notre transfert s'est déroulé sans problème."

Earlier they talked of 'torpedo-prostitutes' who lived in Paris and travelled up to Caen for the day. Apparently more women are now actually resident in the area.


La croisettte

  Le Havre

Rue LaSueur, Le Havre

Small and cheap but not of a particularly 'high standard' as such.

The center of gravity seems to have shifted slightly. Previously it was concentrated on the rue LeSueur, adjacent to place Danton with one or two women on the rue Laperouse. Now there seems to be one or two (at most) on the rue LaSueur, one or two on the rue Laperouse, and a couple on rue Haubry (which crosses rue Laperouse).

It is also quite strange in not 'opening' until about 1400 and seeming to close down around 1800. There appears to be no activity during the night at all.

The view shows rue Laperouse where the 'center of activity' is close to the bar shown on the corner.




Quartier Peuple Belge (Place de Gand, Rue de Courtrai, Place aux Bleuets)

Enquête : la prostitution dans le Vieux-Lille by France3Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Prostitution dans le Vieux-Lille : le ras-le... by TNTWeo

La Madeleine, just to the north of Vieux-Lille


Champ de Juillet, opposite the railway station


near Gare de Perrache (image from Wikipedia)

river "quais" (Rhone and Saone).


Quartier du Val Fourré


Red Light Districts of Marseille


Boulevard de Strasbourg


rue de la source


Rue Paul Bellamy

Quai de la Fosse

Rue de Strasbourg

Rue de Talensac


Promenade des Anglais

rue de France


Rue St Denis, Arche de Triomphe The rue St Denis is the best known area - roughly speaking that section between rue Reaumur and boulevard Saint Denis (the latter marked by a prominent arch). This includes the side streets of rue Blondel and rue de Ponceau.

'Aux Belles Poules', rue Blondel 32, is a former brothel that has retained its interior (consequently it has had a preservation order slapped on it).

On the boulevard St Denis, between rue St Denis and boulevard de Sebastopol, there are often a number of Chinese women. In the past, they operated from rooms about 5 minutes away for which an extra 30 euro was requested. Nowadays, you might be expected to take a metro ride out as far as Charonne, or similar (if they are gathering on both sides of the boulevard, then the latter option is probably the one available)

There are often one or two women further down rue St Denis between rue Reaumur and rue Turbigo.

Often there are a few older women right at the bottom of the rue St. Denis, around the rue des Lombards.

Many sex shops exist on the 'middle' section of rue St Denis, i.e. south of the rue Reaumur. However one does exists at the top of the street (just down from the Arch). The Club 88 on the 'middle section' of rue St. Denis is a large establishment of a new type to the city, offering more 'services' than the usual sex shop. The Sexodrome in Pigalle is a similar establishment

If you are interested in a short history of the rue St Denis area, go here.

How to Get There : Metro Stations Strasbourg-St Denis (the arch end) or Sebastopol Reaumur (the rue Reaumur end)

Moulin Rouge, Pigalle The Pigalle area is known for the Moulin Rouge (see image) and its past, although today is probably very tame in comparison. However there is an interesting Museum of Eroticism.

The rue de Budapest close to gare St. Lazare, appears to have ceased its activities.

The bois de Boulogne and porte de Vincennes are well-known areas for working from vans.

rue de Seze, back of the Madeleine


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Rue St Jacques, in the evening. Possibly spreading into the boulevard des Belges

Further details here



Avenue de la Forêt-Noire

Route du Rhin

Quai des Alpes

Quai Louis-Pasteur

Boulevard de Lyon Quartier de la Gare


Rue Bayard

Quartier du Canal

Boulevard de Strasbourg


Red Light area of Troyes boulevard Gambetta, rue Argence, rue Paul Dubois

More information

  La Jonquera (Espana)

Paradise, Le Jonquera

Town on the French border

Le Paradise

two other brothels under same ownership at at Melianta, near Banyoles (south of Figueres) and at Mont-Ras near Palafrugell on the Costa Brava.

In 'Le Paradise', each client has to buy an obligatory drink (alcoholic 12€ , soft 10€ ) and has to pay 5€ for a disposable sheet, a condom, a lubricant and a towel.

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