This cafe takes its name from a motto ‘fluctuat nec mergitur’ meaning ‘tossed but not sunk’, a 700 year old motto about the tough resolve of Parisians. An apt name, given that the cafe is at Place de La Republique, a Parisian haunt for democratic public rallies and freedom of expression.
Rallies apart, take in a sunny afternoon or early morning here and staring out over the Place de La Republique you’ll notice it’s a popular spot for all walks of life: workers coming out of the metro, skaters doing their tricks, kids joyfully playing in the infinity fountain, and people resting their weary bones on series of wooden Mikado benches, which look a bit like a giant game of Tetris just landed.
Worth mentioning too is a 3-meter high hoarding that was once used to cocoon the cafe ‘fluctuat nec mergitur’ during its refurbishment. The shell acted as a canvas for street artists Katre, Nebay and Swiz and Mr Blok, King Fusk, Limo and Faki et al to ply their visual prowess and inspired the title of this spot ‘Polychrome French kisses’.
And now with the panels gone, I think that the auras of the artworks remain and this fabulous cafe is once again a great spot for soaking up the diversity, if not the sunshine I hesitate to add, in Paris.