Barbès – Rochechouart (Paris Métro)

Barbès – Rochechouart (French pronunciation: [baʁbɛs ʁɔʃəʃwaʁ]) is a station on Line 2 and Line 4 of the Paris Métro. Situated at the location where the 9th, 10th and 18th arrondissements all share a border point, the station is at the junction of Boulevard Barbès, named for the revolutionary, Armand Barbès, the Boulevard de Rochechouart, named for the abbess, Marguerite de Rochechouart, Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta.

Barbès – Rochechouart
Paris Métro
Paris Métro station
Barbès - Rochechouart metro station, Paris 7 April 2014 005.jpg
Line 4 platforms
LocationBoul. de la Chapelle × Boul. Magenta
Boul. de la Chapelle × Boul. Barbès
1, Boul. Rochechouart
2, Boul. Rochechouart
45, Boul. de la Chapelle
9th, 10th and 18th arrondissement of Paris
Coordinates48°53′01″N 2°21′02″E / 48.88361°N 2.35056°E / 48.88361; 2.35056Coordinates: 48°53′01″N 2°21′02″E / 48.88361°N 2.35056°E / 48.88361; 2.35056
Owned byRATP
Operated byRATP
Other information
Fare zone1
Opened31 January 1903 (1903-01-31) (Line 2)
21 April 1908 (1908-04-21) (Line 4)
Previous namesBarbès (1903-1907)
Preceding station   Paris Métro   Following station
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 2
toward Nation
Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 4
Barbès – Rochechouart is located in Paris
Barbès – Rochechouart
Barbès – Rochechouart
Location within Paris

The station is the former location of the Barrière Poissonnière, a gate in the Wall of the Farmers-General built for the collection of excise taxes (the octroi). The gate was built between 1784 and 1788, and it was demolished in the nineteenth century.


The elevated Line 2 station was opened on 31 January 1903 as Boulevard Barbès station, as part of the extension of Line 2 from Anvers to Bagnolet'(now called Alexandre Dumas). It was renamed to its current name eight days later. Line 2 descends into a tunnel to the west of the station. The underground Line 4 station was opened on 21 April 1908 as part of the first section of the line from Châtelet to Porte de Clignancourt.

The disastrous fire of 10 August 1903 that resulted in eighty deaths at Couronnes station began at Barbès – Rochechouart. During World War II, on 21 August 1941, Pierre Georges and three companions of the French Resistance shot and killed a German naval cadet named Alfons Moser when he was boarding a train at the Barbès station at eight in the morning. The killing was in revenge for the execution of Samuel Tyszelman for taking part in an anti-German demonstration.[1] This was the start of a series of assassinations and reprisals that resulted in five hundred French hostages being executed in the next few months.[2]

Station layoutEdit

Platform level Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound     toward Porte Dauphine (Anvers)
Eastbound     toward Nation (La Chapelle)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
1F Mezzanine for Line 2 platform connection
Street Level
B1 Mezzanine for Line 4 platform connection
Line 4 platforms Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound     toward Porte de Clignancourt (Château Rouge)
Southbound     toward Mairie de Montrouge (Gare du Nord)
Side platform, doors will open on the right



  1. ^ "Ce jeudi 21 août 1941, 8 heures". L'Humanité. 23 August 1994. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ Hansen, Randall (2014). Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance After Valkyrie. Oxford University Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-19-992792-0. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  • Roland, Gérard (2003). Stations de métro. D’Abbesses à Wagram. Éditions Bonneton.