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Opened in 1686 by the Sicilian Francesco Procopio Colteli, the Café Procope went on to become on of the most prominent cafés of the 18th century. The intellectual center of Paris had shifted from the cafés of the left bank to those of the right bank, and the Procope, situated at the time opposite the Comédie-Française, was an intellectual fervent meeting place of playwrights, chess-players, renowned actors, writes and philosophers. A list of the café's noted patrons of the period would include: Voltaire, Diderot, Ben Franklin, Danton, Marat and Robespierre.

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