Away from downtown Paris, Batignolles lies roughly between Boulevard des Batignolles to the south and Rue Cardinet to the north, Avenue de Clichy to the east and Rue de Rome to the west. Batignolles has always been a working class district, inspiring many artists and other creative people. The poet Paul Verlaine spent his youth there, as did the singer Barbara. The famous painter Edouard Manet was even a member of the Batignolles Group, an association of neighborhood artists. Last but not least, the Belgian singer Jacques Brel wrote his hit Ne me quitte pas there.