The welcome dinner organized as part of the Rotary Presidential Conference at UNESCO will take place in the historic restaurant of Montmarte, “La Bonne Franquette”, near the Sacré Coeur and the Place du Tertre in Paris.
This year the Basilica of Montmartre celebrates its 100th anniversary: its construction, the result of a national subscription, was decided after the defeat of 1870 and completed in 1914 but its consecration only took place in 1919. This jubilee leads the organizers of Rotary Day to suggest that you rediscover, at your convenience, the Butte Montmartre, La Place du Tertre, a Parisian tourist, artistic and mythical place, then conclude this walk with an on-site dinner.
La Bonne Franquette, less than 100m from Place du Tertre, was at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century a meeting place for major artists: Pissarro, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola… were thirsty under the arbours of the garden after the ascent of the Butte… In addition, Suzanne Valadon and Utrillo and many others came to it…
Many street children, homeless, hungry, were hanging around the streets of Paris and Montmartre at the beginning of the century, sometimes stealing for food. They were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Francisque Poulbot and still remain today, through Stanislas Pozar’s drawings, an essential image of the Montmartre landscape. These children, traditionally known as Poulbots, will welcome us joyfully when we arrive at the restaurant in La Bonne Franquette, site of the Republic of Montmartre.