The Revolution in Paris as if you were there: Discover the new special edition by Parisien

What if we offered you a trip to Revolutionary Paris? A round trip is guaranteed, we promise, to this moment in the city’s history that was both the most glorious and one of the most tragic. Never before was Paris as much the capital of the world as during these five years (1789-1794) of madness, where the capital overthrows Europe’s oldest throne and gives birth to a Republic in bloodshed.

It is this immersion that the 24th issue of “Histoires de Paris” invites you to, getting as close as possible to what the 660,000 Parisians of the late 18th century experienced. Our special edition is available in kiosks for €6.50.

What did the life of our distant ancestors look like, exactly? Throughout the pages of this magazine, you will discover that their main concern, amidst this political maelstrom, was first and foremost to find their daily bread. In front of bakeries or grocery stores, they waited their turn while “holding the string”. As everything was eruptive in this city hungry for freedoms and simply hungry, looting was commonplace.

The guillotine, too quick for the taste of Parisians

On October 21, 1789, Denis François paid dearly for hiding stale bread in the back of his shop. He was hanged on a lantern before his head was impaled on the tip of a pike. Two and a half years later, the era of the guillotine begins. Its beveled rule harvested its first head – a murderer named Pelletier – on April 25, 1792.

This mode of execution wants to be egalitarian (the beggar and the aristocrat are beheaded on equal footing), but it is too quick for the taste of Parisians. They invent a song to express their frustration: “Give me back my wooden gallows…”

Once adopted, the guillotine inspires a few expressions like “cut off the whistle,” but also a dress code: a red ribbon adorns necks still, and a haircut with a well-cleared nape, please! The wig disappears with the monarchy, and the carmagnole (a short jacket) becomes prominent. It is also necessary to call oneself a “citizen,” even more revolutionary. Hundreds of streets and squares are renamed in 1791. Rue Princesse becomes Rue Révolutionnaire, Saint-Denis becomes Franciade… with a motto: hide this saint that I cannot see.

In this magazine, we will also provide you with some useful addresses: restaurants, the residences of revolutionary leaders, famous political clubs… Everything you need to share the thrill of the time.

“Living in Paris during the Revolution” (100 pages), available in kiosks for €6.50.

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