The street Saint-Denis is known as the white wolf in Paris.
It was for a long time the heart of prostitution in the capital. If today, the girls of joy are more discreet, it remains a street with a sulphurous reputation.
It is first of all its geographical situation which played a role in the installation of brothels in this street. Indeed, it is an important place of passage since its creation by the Romans in the 1st century. Then, it is used as royal way to go from the Pont au Change to the cathedral of Saint-Denis. All of Paris was then in a hurry. The brigands, taverns and prostitutes see there the opportunity to settle there too. As early as the 9th century, Charlemagne tried to chase away the “public girls”, without much success.