The Female Merchants of the Halle of Paris
Today it is difficult to imagine this neighborhood’s working-class atmosphere during the Revolution. In the Halle of Paris, as it was called at that time, a person could find anything here, but especially food: this was where wheat, meat, fish and vegetables arrived from all corners of the kingdom. The markets were organized according to product. In the Halle of wheat, brand new in 1789, grains were sold twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 8 AM to 5 PM in the summer. There were many women here and they were all closely monitored by the police: at a time when people did not have enough to eat, the reigning social climate in the markets was a political issue of the highest order.
Jardin des Halles: Bourse de Commerce (Commodities Exchange) on the rue de Viarmes (park side)