Prostitutes and Black Marketers Not Allowed in Paris Nightclubs – From April 27, 1945 Stars and Stripes

Army Warns Paris Hot Spots; No Prostitutes, Black Markets

By Paul Green

Stars and Stripes Staff Writer

Paris night clubs and bars have been warned to stop their black market activities and exclude prostitutes who use their premises to meet GIs, the provost marshal of the Seine Section revealed yesterday.


American soldiers are greeted warmly during the Liberation of Paris

Col. E.G. Buhrmaster, provost marshal, announced that he had called together the proprietors of more than a dozen Parisian hot spots and told them their establishments would be placed off limits permanently if the night spots failed to mend their ways.

Among those who heard the warning were the owners of the Lido and Chez Mimi Pinson, in the Champs-Elysees area, and the Moulin Rouge, in Montmartre.

These three, as well as nine others, were closed to Americans for three days early this week when PM agents caught them selling cigarettes to civilians. They were reopened to soldiers Wednesday night.

Also present were representatives of other night clubs, including Montmartre’s Bal Tabarin.

Col. Buhrmaster emphasized that he wanted the cabarets to stay open as places for GIs to have a good time, but that he would not permit American goods to be sold or prostitutes to meet soldiers.

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