The exact location of the restaurant Flicoteaux as mentioned in Balzac?

By Traveller December 8, 2016
Paris

The exact location of the restaurant Flicoteaux as mentioned in Balzac?

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By Gary Traveller December 8, 2016

There is some question as to whether it was on the corner of (present day) Blvd St-Michel and the Place de la Sorbonne - or whether it it was on the corner of (present day) rue Champollion and the Place de la Sorbonne; the next building. Unfortunately, the latter description could describe BOTH locations, if taken in context with the era.

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From what I've gathered, it became the Café d'Harcourt before it became the Gap store on the corner of Blvd Saint Michel and Place de la Sorbonne. The building is taking the one block between Bldv Saint Michel and Rue Champollion. So I would the address is the same, the building is the same, but we would need to find archives (photos and/or drawings) to see how the building was modified over the years.
Local December 8, 2016
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Thanks Charlotte, I appreciate your input. My confusion arose over the fact that anyone writing about Flicoteaux (back in the day) tended to avoid describing the building as being on the corner of either rue de la Harpe or Sebastopol (the old names for St-Michel) and the Place de la Sorbonne. It was always described as rue Champollion (or the old Neuve de Richelieu) and the Place de la Sorbonne - which, as you can imagine, can be interpreted more than one way.
Your viewpoint does agree with what I'd HOPED the answer would be, so many thanks for your confirmation. gary
Gary Traveller December 8, 2016
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To be honest i do not think that it still exists
Local December 11, 2016
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Thanks Julien. You're absolutely right, the restaurant Flicoteaux no longer exists. I believe (if our suspicions, as above, are correct) it was replaced by the famous café d'Harcourt -which flourished until about 1940 - when the Nazis closed it down and converted it to the collaborationist bookstore, Librairie Rive Gauche, which survived until liberation. It is now a Gap clothing store. gary
Gary Traveller December 11, 2016
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