The site where the present City Hall is located was occupied as early as the 13th century by the Maison de Ville, which brought together the merchants and consuls of the city.
The present City Hall stands where the Town Meeting House stood as early as the 13th Century and provided a meeting place for the city's traders and Consuls. In the 15th Century the Palais Communal was founded the new Town Council met on the ground floor and the Consuls on the first floor. The present building was eventually constructed in the 17th Century to symbolise the new political status awarded to the city by Louis XIV. The King ordered that the city should henceforth be managed by...