Paris, France

Birthplace of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, Paris is the capital of France and its largest city. It was settled by a Gaulish tribe, the Parisii, over 2,000 years ago.

In the 18th century, pre-revolutionary Paris was a metropolis of vast extremes in terms of wealth and poverty.

Plomb du Cantal, Auvergne, France
Plomb du Cantal
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 Plomb du Cantal is the highest peak of the Cantal mountain range, which is largely made up of eroded volcano peaks. Plomb du Cantal is itself 6,000 feet high. This is where Grenouille retreats for seven years in a fit of misanthropy.


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Grasse, France
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 Grasse is a French Riviera town and international capital of perfume. The industry has thrived there since the 18th century, when the novel is set. It is also the birthplace of Édith Piaf and Jean-Honoré Fragonard.


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