France: A hypochondriac’s paradise?
American people visiting Paris are often amazed by the numerous pharmacies they meet. One recognizes them by the green cross sign above the store entrance.
Most often crowded, a French pharmacy is a monument in itself. You can buy medicine from your doctor’s prescriptions, but you can also get all kinds of medical and beauty advice. Some of them even have a salon to provide beauty care!
Indeed, due to the European government’s efforts in reducing the consumption of medicines, French pharmacies have increased the sale of cosmetics and perfume to boost their profits. Nevertheless, French people are still the number one consumer of medicines in Europe, above Italians and Germans.
Enjoy the French Language Salon selection of typical Parisian pharmacies, and visit:
- The oldest: 115 rue Saint Honoré, Paris 1er
- The most “Organic and Well-Being”: 47 rue du Four, Paris 6eme
- The most “old fashioned”: 54 avenue de la Bourdonnais, Paris 7eme
- The “low-cost”: aux Halles, 10 boulevards de Sébastopol, Paris 4eme
The Francois Tillequin museum, located in the facility of the Pharmacy College of Paris (Université Paris Descartes, 12 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Paris 6eme) has a grand medicinal collection, which was founded in 1882.