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Secousse, Ghetto Music

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Le Comptoir Général


Whomever you may be, this hideaway, this temple of ghetto culture, shall be open   to you every day of the week. Discover a world of rebelliousness and intensity,   a shadow movement made of driftwood, tampered with, neglected and abandoned,   yet nevertheless as solid as a rock.

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Month: April

  • Saturday April 19th 2014 from 11.00 am till 03.00 pm

    The Little Shop of Horrors

    In The Little Shop of Horrors, landscape artist Sylvie has used rank weeds to create a wild urban jungle. Pay her a visit every saturday from 11am to 3pm and discover her selection of the best ghetto plants: carnivorous plants, cannabis, cactus, nettles… Don’t be afraid: the invasion has only just begun.

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  • Saturday April 19th 2014 from 11.00 am till 01.00 pm

    The Farm

    Farmers from the Chevreuse high valley's natural park bring their seasonal fresh products. In partnership with La Ruche Qui Dit Oui.

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  • Saturday April 19th 2014 from 02.00 pm till 06.00 pm

    The Disco

    Clubbing for kids, every Saturday afternoon on Le Comptoir Général’s dancefloor, with the Jwah association. Booking necessary, groups of 8 minimum. 20 euros per child, snack included. Bookings : laboum@comptoirgeneral.com

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  • Saturday April 19th 2014 from 02.00 pm till 05.00 pm

    Ici Bon Coiffeur

    Take a seat in our hair salon and get a african haircut by one of our experts in marcoussis braids. In partnership with INACET/FECODEV.

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  • Sunday April 20th 2014 from 01.00 pm till 05.00 pm

    The Sunday School

    The children's rendez-vous, every sunday in the class room, in partnership with the Jwah association. Workshops, games, fancy dress, story telling, snack...

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  • Sunday April 20th 2014 at 06.00 pm

    Secousse presents : DONIA MASSOUD

    Traditional Egyptian music, performed by Donia Massoud (voice), with Nabil Ghannouchi (Nay) and Nicolas Deroin (percussion).

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  • Sunday April 20th 2014 at 06.30 pm

    The Bush Cinema presents : A DIFFERENT WOMAN

    Cheated by a man she lived with for 7 years, Mina decides to take a second husband, in a society where polygamy is completely accepted. Directed by Abdoulaye Dao.

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  • Sunday April 27th 2014 at 07.00 pm

    The Bush Cinema presents : A COLONIAL DEATH

    Directed by Thomas giefer - After his death, Lumumba stopped being a person : His murder, on january 17th, 1961, turned the panafricanism prophet into a mystical figure. Screening followed by a discussion with the production team.

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  • Monday April 28th 2014 at 07.00 pm

    The Public Library presents : INTERDIT AUX BÂTARDS

    Lecture and discussion about the book "Interdit aux bâtards", written by Sear/Get Busy, published by Gri-Gri. The book will be on sale in our Public Library.

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  • Monday April 28th 2014 at 07.00 pm

    Secousse party: GET BUSY

    Le Comptoir Général's music department presents its new monday club night. Every 2 weeks on the dancefloor, admission by donation. Tonight’s edition with Dj Diemone + Dj Sims + Dj Lors Issa + Dj Tron.

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  • Wednesday April 30th 2014 at 07.00 pm

    The Good News presents : La Grande Parade Métèque

    The monthly crowdfunding event in partnership with KissKissBankBank. This month, crowdfunding night for the first edition of the street parade celebrating benefit of the immigration.

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  • Sunday May 4th 2014 at 06.30 pm

    The Bush Cinema presents : THE TURBULENT LIFE OF A DEFLATED MAN

    Portrait of the "Grand Z", incorrigible pleasure seeker and former driver of the Abidjan - Ouagadougou locomotive, fired in 1995 following the privatisation imposed by the World Bank.

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  • Sunday May 25th 2014 at 06.30 pm

    The Bush Cinema presents : SENDING SAÏD HOME

    Informed of the death of his friend Saïd, Abdelkrim arrives in Corsica from Paris. He must repatriate the body as soon as possible to Saïd’s family in Morocco for the burial.

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Before 18.00 PM: Visit Closed

After 18.00 PM: Open Closed


The charter
of Le Comptoir Général

Our values

  • Exoticism

    The curiosity of the other, and its fantastic whimsical ways.

  • Faith

    The one that allows us to believe the unbelievable, to see the invisible, to find the lost.

  • Conservationism

    The importance of cherishing the heritage of our ancestors and the knowledge of our elders.

  • Poverty

    The virtuous spirit of destitution and simplicity, a source of freedom and happiness, of creativity and ingenuity.

Our mission

Showcase on cultural phenomena derived from the ghettos of any kind, born in marginality, made silent by material misery. Too often underestimated, yet they are an incommensurable source of creativity, ingenuity, and human energy. A love potion of the most potent kind.

This force of undeniable strength, we wish to channel it, and place it in the hands of all the actors of the new ethical and sustainable economy.

Our action

The collection, conservation, protection, exhibition, study, production, edition, reedition, commercialisation and promotion of ghetto cultural and artistic heritage: music, cinema, dance, visual arts, fashion, design, sport, science, architecture, religion, literature...

Setting up virtuous partnerships between these cultural movements, the business world and the solidarity sector, through art direction, events management, interior deisgn, sponsorship, patronage, and transmedia communication.

Mode of operation

Le Comptoir Général is a foundation : non-for profit, it serves a purpose of general interest.

Its income is entirely reinvested in the functioning of its activities: artistic and social content production and broadcast, on and off the premises, sale of edible goods, venue privatisation, and the encouragement to participative financing and sponsorship of its activities from individuals, businesses and institutions.

The boutiques of the Comptoir Général operate under a charity business model: the benefits that are gained are entirely reinvested into specific joint projects or associations.

Les attractions

All difficulties disappear when one understands the joy and freedom that come from poverty. Mother Teresa.


Looking for Mokele Mbembe

Michel Ballot and his team have left Paris 2 days ago for a three weeks expedition in the heart of the Congo Basin forest, near the N'ki waterfalls.

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Papa Kourand playing Sanza


The actors

BP ‘Beauté Précieuse’ Konan


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The best travel agency

Studio Photo

The Small Museum of Françafrique


Photo of the place

Le Comptoir Général is available for hire from Monday to Thursday by businesses, charities, NGOs and other organisations working on environmental issues, solidarity, social innovation and cultural diversity. Hiring Le Comptoir Général is based on a “social business” model: We are not looking for profit, and different rates are applied acording to the nature of the organisation.

The Sunday School

The Sunday School

The Kids' rendez-vous at Le Comptoir Général. Every Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. With JWAH association.

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Sahel Digital Art