Peuple de France Journal

October 12, 1793

Execution of Marie Antoinette

Back in January I witnessed the execution of Louis XVI. Louis was found at Versailles and brought back to Paris for a trial. He was found guilty on the 21st for plotting against the country and was guillotined, or beheaded.

Recently his wife was tried as well.

Upon my investigation on her case, Marie was taken on August 2nd to Conciergerie Prison in Paris, from then on her name was changed and she was no longer to be called Marie Antoinette. She was renamed “The widow Capet” but also went by “Prisoner No. 280.” On October 14th she was tried for treason, sexual promiscuity, and an incestuous relation with her son. She was found guilty of all charges by an all-male jury and would be put to death.

During the execution however, the executioner cut her hair in order to have a clean shot to her neck. She was beheaded, as her husband was ten months before her, on 12:15 on October 16th. In the crowd everyone cheered when they displayed her head to us. Afterwards her body was dumped in an unmarked grave in the Rue d’Anjou.

“Courage? The moment when my troubles are going to end is not the moment when my courage is going to fail me.” Marie Antoinette.

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Dear Editor...

October 11,1793

Dear Editor,

I have heard people talking about the Woman's March on Versailles but I'm not sure I understand what it is. I thought you would be able to tell me, any information you can give would be great.

Sincerely,

Confused



Dear Confused,

The Woman's March on Versailles was held on October 5-6, 1789. It was held by a group of Women to try and get the royal family back into Paris. If you didn't already know, before the march, the Royal family had tried to escape Paris but were found in Versailles. Anyways, the group of women forced the family back into Paris where they were prisoners, according to some, at the Tuileries.


Hope this helped!

-MacKenzie Hoback, October 12, 1793

The Declaration of the Rights of Man- Condemned!

"1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.

2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.

3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body nor individual may exercise any authority which does not proceed directly from the nation.

4. Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law..." (declaration of the rights of man - 1789 on avalon.law.yale.edu. )


The Declaration of the Rights of Man was created to secure the rights of man and of the citizen to avoid a corruption in the government. However, on March 10th, 1791, Pope Pius VI condemned this. It is said he condemned it because it held the freedom of speech and religion. Why would he condemn it though?

The catholic Idea of a persons rights is quite different from the rights of an "atheist". The catholic believe that a persons rights come from their duties. Where as an "atheist" believe a person is born with the rights.


As an Editor and a Citizen of France, personally I would like to see a come back to the Decoration of the rights of Man.



-MacKenzie Hoback, October 13, 1793