Prostitution in France
Prostitution in France (the exchange of sexual services for money) is not illegal, but several surrounding activities are. These include procuring, operating a brothel, living off the avails (pimping)...
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Le Sphinx
Le Sphinx was a brothel opened in 1931 in Paris. In 1946, France outlawed all brothels.Le Sphinx was among the most expensive and best known maisons de tolérance in the Paris of the 1930s. Other famo...
Apollonie Sabatier
Apollonie Sabatier (born Aglaé Joséphine Savatier; 1822–1890) was a French courtesan, artists' muse and bohémienne in 1850s Paris. She hosted a salon in Paris on Rue Frochot, where she met nearly all ...
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Thérésa Tallien
Thérésa Cabarrus, Madame Tallien (31 July 1773 – 15 January 1835), was a French social figure during the Revolution. Later she became Princess of Chimay.
She was born Juana María Ignazia Ter...
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Madame du Barry
Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (19 August 1743 – 8 December 1793) was the last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France and one of the victims of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution....
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Catherine Grand
Catherine Noele Grand (née Worlée; 1762 – December 10, 1834) was the mistress and later the wife of French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, the first Prime Minister of France. Fr...
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Madame Claude
Fernande Grudet (born 6 July 1923), also known as Madame Claude, is the most famous French procurer. In the 1960s she was the head of a French network of call girls who worked especially for dignitari...
Hamida Djandoubi
Hamida Djandoubi (Arabic: حميدة جندوبي‎) (c. 1949 – 10 September 1977) was the last person to be executed in France. He was a Tunisian immigrant who had been convicted of the torture a...
Marion Delorme
Marion Delorme (3 October 1613 – 2 July 1650) was a French courtesan known for her relationships with the important men of her time.
She was the daughter of Jean de Lou, sieur de l'Orme, president...
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Suzanne Muzard
Suzanne Muzard or Musard (1900–1992) was a French prostitute and photographer associated with surrealism. The lover of André Breton, she was addressed in Breton's love poems.
Marthe Richard
Marthe Richard, née Betenfeld (15 August 1889, Blâmont – 9 February 1982) was a prostitute and spy. She later became a politician and worked towards the closing of brothels in France in 1946.
Marie Duplessis
Marie Duplessis (15 January 1824 – 3 February 1847) was a French courtesan and mistress to a number of prominent and wealthy men. She was the inspiration for Marguerite Gautier, the main character of ...
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Liane de Pougy
Liane de Pougy (2 July 1869 – 26 December 1950), was a Folies Bergère dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans.
Anne Marie Chassaigne was born in La Flèche, Sarthe...
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Jean Genet
Jean Genet ([ʒɑ̃ ʒənɛ]; (1910-12-19)19 December 1910 – 15 April 1986(1986-04-15)) was a French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and pet...
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Anne Françoise Elisabeth Lange
Anne Françoise Élisabeth Lange (17 September 1772 – 25 May 1816, Florence) was a French actress of the Comédie-Française and a 'Merveilleuse' of the French Directory. Her stage name was Mademoiselle L...
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Léonie Léon
Léonie Léon (1838–1906) was the French mistress of statesman Léon Gambetta. Born Marie-Léonie in Paris on 6 November 1838, she was the daughter of a French artillery officer. She was educated at the L...
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Ninon de l'Enclos
Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos also spelled Ninon de Lenclos and Ninon de Lanclos (10 November 1620 – 17 October 1705) was a French author, courtesan, freethinker, and patron of the arts.
Born Anne de L...
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Eugénie Fougère (demimondaine)
Eugénie Fougère (Chambon-sur-Voueize, March 17, 1861 - Aix-les-Bains, September 20, 1903) was a French frequenter of the demi-monde. She was notorious for her luxurious jewelry and costumes. She shoul...
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Marguerite Steinheil
Marguerite Jeanne "Meg" Japy Steinheil, Lady Abinger (16 April 1869 – 17 July 1954) was a French woman famous for her many love affairs with important men. She became notorious when it became known th...
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Le Chabanais
Le Chabanais was one of the best known and most luxurious brothels in Paris, operating near the Louvre at 12 rue Chabanais from 1878 until 1946, when brothels were outlawed in France. It was founded b...
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Berthe de Courrière
Berthe de Courrière (June 1852, Lille – 14 June 1916, Paris) was a French artists' model and demimondaine. She was the mistress, model, and heir of the sculptor and painter Auguste Clésinger.
Jamila M'Barek
Jamila Ashley-Cooper, Dowager Countess of Shaftesbury (née M'Barek), is the widow of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury, and is imprisoned for having been an accomplice to the murder of h...
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Geneviève Lantelme
Geneviève "Ginette" Lantelme (born Mathilde Hortense Claire Fossey, May 20, 1883) was a French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan. Considered by her contemporaries to be one of the ...
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Rétaux de Villette
Armand Gabriel Rétaux de Villette (1759-1797), was a French soldier and prostitute. He was one of the participators in the famous Affair of the diamond necklace.
He was born in Chuzelles, France, ...
La Païva
Esther Lachmann (7 May 1819 – 21 January 1884), generally known as La Païva, was arguably the most successful of 19th-century French courtesans—ambitious, shrewd, manipulative, a notabl...
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Marie-Louise O'Murphy
Marie-Louise O'Murphy (also variously called Mademoiselle de Morphy, La Belle Morphise, Louise Morfi or Marie-Louise Morphy de Boisfailly; 21 October 1737 – 11 December 1814), was one of the le...
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Marguerite Bellanger
Marguerite Bellanger (10 June 1838 - 23 November 1886) was a French stage actress and courtesan. She was a celebrity of contemporary France and known for her relationship with Napoleon III of France. ...
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