Paris: The Birthplace of Communism explained
Belleville is a neighbourhood in the East of Paris that has a vibrant multicultural community. It’s French, it’s Chinese, it’s Vietnamese, it’s Moroccan, Tunisian, it’s Jewish, it’s Muslim, it’s Christian, it’s even part hipster too. And they all co-exist here peacefully. On the main boulevard, you’ll find a hodgepodge of Asian restaurants and markets that alternate with Arabic pastry shops, Tunisian-Jewish coffee shops and bohemian dive bars. And you can’t leave Belleville without trying a world-class bowl of Vietnamese Pho soup. But as we head up the hill, you start to notice something a little more peculiar about Belleville. There’s an air of rebellion in the neighbourhood that gave birth to Edith Piaf, who according to legend, was born under a streetlight on the corner of Rue de Belleville. And do you want to know what else was born here? It’s no legend, it’s more like the elephant in the room. Communism was born here– not in revolutionary Russia or in Maoist China. Communism was born right here in this quaint little Parisian village.