Coup d’Etat of 30 Prairial.

June 18, 1799: Sieyès was newly elected to the Directory. He allies himself with Barras, to make the other directors resign. It is a new ” coup ” (armed force is not used). Very quickly Sieyès and Barras opposed. The Assemblies gain in authority. The royalist members of the Directory,…

New real estate tax.

November 23–24: Directory, desperate for money, imposes new real estate tax and additional taxes based on a number of doors and windows.  

Napoleon plans invasion of England.

On January 5th, 1797: The French legislature passes a law authorizing a loan of eighty million francs to prepare an invasion of England. On February 23th: Bonaparte recommends to the Directory the abandonment of the invasion of England, and presents a plan for an invasion of Egypt instead. On March…

Coup d'etat of Fructidor.

Coup d’etat of Fructidor.

On September 4, 1797: Coup d’état of 18 Fructidor against the 200 royalist deputies from the assemblies were excluded and some royalist leaders and journalists deported to Guyana also the election was cancelled. General Augereau, who carried out the September 4 coup, is named commander of the new Army of…

Failure of insurrection by Babeuf followers.

On September 7th: 100 Babeuf supporters attacked the Directorate palace. After the failure of insurrection at the Grenelle army camp Paris by followers of Gracchus Babeuf and diehard Montagnards, infiltrated by agents of the police. The thirty-two leaders of the September 9–10 Babeuf uprising are tried by a military tribunal…

Trial & Execution of Babeuf.

On February 20th, 1797: Beginning of the trial of Babeuf and his leading followers at the High Court of Justice in Vendôme. The political agitator Babeuf and one supporter, Darthé, are sentenced to death. Babeuf and his supporters were jailed and executed in Vendôme on May 27.

François-Noël Babeuf

François-Noël Babeuf’s Conspiracy of Equals.

On March 30th: François-Noël Babeuf, known as “Gracchus Babeuf”, the ultra-leftist leader and was a French proto-socialist, revolutionary, and journalist, forms an insurrectional committee and movement, called Les Égaux (“the Equals”), to overthrow the Directory Rule. They hold a demonstration in Paris on April 6. On May 10, the leaders…

End of assignats emissions.

On February 19th, 1796: The government quits giving assignats, which have lost a large portion of their worth. 39 billion (39,000,000,000) are available for use.

Failure of the royalist coup in Paris.

Failure of the royalist coup in Paris.

On October 5th, 1795: An armed royalist uprising threatens the Convention. On the orders of Paul Barras, in charge of the defense of Paris, General Bonaparte leads the army against the uprising. The defeat of attempted Parisian insurrection of 13 Vendémiaire by the troops of the Convention by Napoleon Bonaparte’s…

Sans-culottes demanding bread and invaded into Convention

Riot and invasion of the Convention.

April 1st, 1795, Sans-culottes demanding bread and invaded into Convention, but they left when the National Guard arrives. Paris is declared in a state of siege.

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