The Bouquinistes of
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The term "bouquiniste" appears in the dictionary of the
In 1859, concessions were implemented by the city of Paris and the bouquinistes are permitted to be established at fixed points. Each one is entitled to 10 metres of railing for an annual fee of 26,35 F and a 25 F licence. The openings are from sunrise to sunset. Finally, in 1930 the dimensions of the “boxes” were fixed.
Installed along more than three kilometres of the Seine and declared a