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The same conference is offered three times at The French Class:
Let’s go shopping! As illustrated by Zola’s fictitious Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), the birth of department stores created a retail revolution nearly as important as the Industrial Revolution that fostered it. In Paris, the fabled Grands Magasins Dufayel (18e arrondissement) offered fixed prices and allowed exchanges and refunds, and a much wider variety of merchandise like other department stores, but, because it catered to the middle-class and even workers by being its own bank and offering payment on credit, it quickly became the biggest in the capital if not in the world.