It is located on the Grande Île (Main Island), where the river Ill splits up into a number of canals and cascades through a small area of medieval half-timbered houses and baroque sandstone buildings.
The name "Petite-France" (Gerberviertel in German) was conferred by the former German inhabitants not for architectonical reasons, but because of the numerous prostitutes working there in the Middle Ages — prostitution used to be known in Germany as "the French business". Also, syphilis often contracted in that specific area was then known as Franzosenkrankheit ("French disease").
Dollars & sense; Petite grows up Forget the kids' section. Short women now have plenty of sources for stylish business and casual clothing designed specifically to fit them.(VARIETY)
Jun 10, 1999; 1/3 Thanks to stores - and designers - that now cater to Petites, shopping for clothes has become less of a hassle for...