Café-librairie Michèle Firk

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Café-librairie Michèle Firk
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A radical bookshop and café in Montreuil’s La Parole Errante cultural centre.

Past the anarchist flyers that paper the Rue Debergue and through the back door of local cultural centre La Parole Errante, you’ll find café-librairie Michèle Firk. Opened in spring 2012 on the site of the old Méliès studios, this leftist café and bookshop seems to belong to another era: standing at the counter before a steaming samovar, you’ll hear phrases like ‘revolutionary vanguard’, ‘anarcho-syndicalism’ or ‘counter-globalisation’. A favourite hangout for Parisian radicals, the space feels almost clandestine, a vestige of a more insurrectionary Montreuil.

The café is furnished with battered carpets as well as shelves and tables crowded with books, journals and pamphlets: anarchist, communist, feminist and historical tracts as well as revolutionary staples like Orwell, Exley and Martinet, Arabic poetry, detective novels, anarchist comic books and more. Named for Montreuil’s own anti-colonialist writer and militant turned revolutionary combatant – who died after joining the Guatemalan guerrilla movement in 1968 – Michèle Firk is one of the few radical bookshops still operating in Paris, a haven for politically minded Parisians and an important resource for scholars of revolutionary history. 

By: Tania Brimson / CC


Venue name: Café-librairie Michèle Firk
Address: 9 rue François Debergue

Opening hours: Wed-Sat 3pm-8pm
Transport: Metro: Croix-de-Chavaux

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