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Xavier RUEL

French Xavier RUEL

born Xavier François RUEL

Founder of the Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville or BHV

Source :  Eric JULIEN

Born: on November 12, 1822 in Annonay, France
Died: on January 30, 1900 in Cannes, France


Xavier Ruel, an engineer, and his wife moved to Paris in 1852. Ruel was selling small items through street vendors and realized that the most effective neighborhood was the one around the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Therefore, he rented the ground floor of a building to open a boutique, in this neighborhood, which he called, the “Bazar Parisien”. According to the legend, in 1855, Ruel saved Napoleon III's wife, Empress Eugénie, whose horses got frightened while passing in front of his store.

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