Belleville, the Secret Birthplace of Communism 

Learn why you’ve probably never learned about the Belleville Commune in French history class.

Belleville, which encompasses most of the 20th arrondissement of Paris, is a neighborhood that feels a bit like its own country. And that’s not just because the “Beautiful City” is currently Paris’s Chinatown, or, more accurately, its Little Saigon.

This sprawling quartier built on a hill was actually once a suburb of Paris, which was accumulated by the French capital in the early 1800s. But in 1871, the citizens of Belleville worked together with members of the Parisian working class to overthrow the French government in the quartier and form the Commune of Belleville, which lasted for 72 days and resulted in one of the biggest massacres in French history. In one week, known as “the Bloody Week,” more than 15,000 people were killed in Belleville’s fight for working class independence. This event even went on to inspire political leaders like Karl Marx when he wrote his infamous Communist Manifesto.

If you’ve enjoyed this little history lesson, don’t miss more videos from anti-tourist Messy Nessy Chic, including this adventure into the Paris catacombs to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Source: Belleville, the Secret Birthplace of Communism – Frenchly

Watch Rocky Horror in the Paris Catacombs 


Halloween is here, gals and ghouls, and even though it might not be the biggest deal in France, there are still some in the country who know how to kick off the party right.

And Messy Nessy Chic, Frenchly’s favorite anti-tourist, has the scoop on where to go to find a very unusual Halloween celebration. Nessy’s motto is, “Don’t be a tourist in Paris,” and her videos capture the weird, the wild, and the mysterious lurking beneath the City of Lights. In this episode, she takes us to a screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, hosted by the master of subterranean Paris known as La Cigale. “The Cicada” carved out his own amphitheater in the catacombs to screen old movies, and the creepy caverns are the perfect place for a spooky Halloween screening of this famous monster musical.

Nessy also heads to Studio Galande, which was featured in our article on what to do in Paris when it rains. For forty years this Latin Quarter cinema has done biweekly Rocky Horror showings with a full shadow cast, and the subcultural dedication rivals even that of the last few Rocky Horror theaters in New York. You won’t find it in a guidebook, but it’s not an event to be missed. Get your own tickets here, for an especially spooky — or at least sparkly — Halloween adventure.

Source: Watch Rocky Horror in the Paris Catacombs – Frenchly