In this district in the east of Paris, you will discover little streets with old houses, totally in the spirit of the working class Paris of old. In Place Anatole France where the town hall stands, you will love the village feel of the place with its old fountain and its small, lively streets with a variety of stores. History will remember that this village was part of the commune of Pantin for many years. It won its independence in a battle led by its inhabitants in 1588. It is also on the Belvédère hill that Jean Jaurès gave his famous speech about Peace on the eve of World War I.