Omar Sy returns to our screens as modern-day gentleman thief Assane Diop in Lupin Part 3.


The Netflix French-language series first introduced the character as a Parisian janitor working in the Louvre, but all wasn't as it seemed as he duped local criminals into helping him pull off a major heist: the theft of a diamond necklace that had once belonged to Marie-Antoinette – and the same necklace that his father was falsely accused of stealing when he was a boy.

Fast-forward to part 3 and Assane is now the most wanted man in France, laying low and biding his time until his next "big stunt".

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As with parts 1 and 2, we're back in the French capital for the latest instalment and as ever, screenwriter George Kay has included a number of recognisable and glamorous locations, plus a few that you might not recognise.

Read on for everything you need to know about where Lupin is shot.

Where is Lupin part 3 filmed?

Omar Sy in Lupin
Omar Sy in Lupin. Netflix/Twitter

Kay described it as a "great privilege" filming in Paris "because as a tourist, as a visitor, you see the landmarks fresh, you see the playground and the beautiful city that it is".

Place Vendôme

Assane standing on a balcony on a column overlooking a square
Omar Sy as Assane Diop Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix

"Place Vendôme very quickly established itself as a setting, especially since it hadn't been used yet," said production designer Françoise Dupertuis, adding: "The location also allowed us to get extraordinary shots of the square and the point of view of the 'eagle's nest', which characterises the series."

But the crew had to build their own exterior.

"We were extraordinarily lucky because we were able to film the interiors in two locations: the first was an enclosed location outside the Place Vendôme, but for the space with the lounges and the breathtaking view, we had the opportunity to invest in a townhouse overlooking Vendôme.

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"It's an empty place that is used for parades and events, and we were able to find the necessary time to make our own jewellery."

Armed guards guarding a jewellry cabinet
Lupin season 3. Emmanuel Guimier/Netflix

Understandably, they also weren't able to film inside the column in the square.

"Inside the real Vendôme Column, there is a staircase that allows you to access a balcony at the summit," explained Dupertuis.

He continued: "Of course, we didn't film inside the column; we designed a larger set that included space for the crew. It's therefore a narrative view, different from the real place."

The Italian Embassy

"We filmed the shots of the Beauvau Hotel at the Italian Embassy in Paris, which has French decor, except for a lounge redone in an Italian Baroque style," said Dupertuis. "Moreover, the building is often used for scenes taking place at the Élysée or Beauvau and, more generally, to evoke the luxury of the Republic."

Other locations include:

  • La Parisien and Les Echos - doubles as the L'objecteur
  • Hôtel de la Marine - for rooftop wandering and chase scenes. The crew also created 50 linear metres of roofs in the studio
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Père Lachaise
  • Galeries Lafayette
  • Opéra Garnier
  • Trocadéro
  • Passage des Panoramas

Lupin has previously filmed in the Louvre, featuring the galleries and most famous artwork: the Mona Lisa.

Another major location that has featured in the series is the home of the corrupt Pellegrini family, a large mansion where Assane's father Babakar (played by Fargass Assandé) was once employed.

The luxurious home was filmed in Paris and is, in real-life, a museum: the Musée Nissim de Camondo situated in the 8th arrondissement, and which is open to the public.

Benjamin, Assane's accomplice and old school friend, owns an antiques shop, through which Assane sells his stolen goods.

The real-life shop is situated in Paris on rue des Rosiers, and forms part of the well-known flea market area Les Puces of Saint-Ouen.

Other key filming locations in Paris have included Jardin du Luxembourg (where a disguised Assane met Juliette Pellegrini), and the famous bridge Post des Arts (where Lupin gave his son Raoul one of the Arsène Lupin books).

As well as featuring plenty of famous locations for the various set pieces, Kay also spoke about the importance of showing "the other half of Paris", adding: "Whilst we want the world to make an appointment to come on holiday to Paris, I want to show that there's another side to life – that on the outskirts of Paris are the suburbs, the real life, the origins of the emotions.

"There's no point having one without the other in my view for a show that's fun, but that has its feet on the ground."

Where are the beach scenes in Lupin filmed?

Youssef Guedira stood by the sea, looking straight ahead
Soufiane Guerrab as Youssef Guedira Emmanuel Guimier / Netflix

The cameras pitched up in Étretat, where Assane took Claire and Raoul to an Arsène Lupin festival by the seaside.

The festival is in honour of the author, Maurice Leblanc, who lived in the area and who used the location in his books.

This is also the location where Assane's son, Raoul, is kidnapped at the show's cliffhanger ending.

Lupin part 3 arrives on Netflix on Thursday 5th October. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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