From the Place du Tertre (18th district) to the Place de la Commune (13th) On 18 March 1871, Paris rose up against the government of Thiers, who ha... Read More
The citizens of the 11th district decided to destroy the guillotines located in La Roquette prison. A battalion of the National Guard took on this task on 6 April 1871. There was a large crowd in front of the statue of Voltaire (destroyed in 1942), the man behind the acquittal of Calas. The Vigilance Committee of the 11th district declared that “it has had these slavish instruments of monarchical domination seized and has voted for their everlasting destruction”, which would be “the consecration of the new freedom”. By attacking the guillotine, the people of Paris were denouncing the death penalty. On 24 and 25 May, the town hall of the 11th district, built between 1862 and 1865 by the architect Bailly, hosted the Commune’s Public Health Committee. A plaque recalling this episode was installed in the town hall in 2011.