Paris, June 2017. The bouquinistes are street booksellers along the Seine. There were declared a Unesco World Heritage. The term appeared in the French dictionary in 1789 but the norms about the sizes of the boxes and the rules of conduct are fare more recent. In the past, the locals used to shop for used books over there, now it’s mainly tourists.
Besides, not all of them sell books and you can find all sorts of knick-knacks in those large green boxes.
The green boxes are locked at night. Here in front of Notre Dame.