The French novelist Alphonse Daudet, known for his Lettres de mon moulin (Letters of my windmill) and the stories of Tartarin de Tarascon, must be the most famous Nîmois of all time. He was born in this fancy building by the Boulevard Gambetta on May 13, 1840, to a manufacturing bourgeoise family. Who, later, bankrupted and moved to Lyon, but anyway, it was in Nîmes where Alphonse spent his early childhood.
Nîmes does remember her famous son. There is a boulevard named after him, as well as a lycée, and you can also find his statue on a lovely little square.