Oooh, those naughty French. You gotta love ‘em.

This is just to let you know that the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (like the US National Archives) has opened a very special reserved collection to the public for the first time in history.

It’s their 17th- to 20th-century porn collection, which till now, they’ve selfishly kept hidden away in a vault the curators call l’Enfer (Hell).

Not only are they exhibiting these treasures, but they’re also turning an entire unused métro station into a…teaser. From December 17th through the 15th of January, the Croix Rouge station (between Sèvres-Babylone and Mabillon on the 10) will be festooned with giant reproductions of classic erotica tucked discreetly behind billowing curtains. Spicing up that commute with a little métro-boudoir-dildo

L’Enfer de la Bibliothèque, Eros au secret opened yesterday at the Bibliothèque Francois Mitterrand. Hours are 10 am to 7 pm Tuesday – Saturday and 1 pm to 7 pm on Sunday. 7 Euros to get in. No one under 16 allowed.

It runs until March 2nd, 2008. You have plenty of time to go, so don’t get your panties in a twist.

Unless, of course that’s what you’re into…