Flesselles, Jacques de

Mayor of Paris during the Ancien Régime, 1730 - 1789

Presumed Portrait of Jacques de Flesselles (1730-1789), Last Provost of the Merchants

Flesselles, Jacques de: Named Provost of the Merchants of Paris in April 1789 (equivalent to Mayor), he opposed those citizens requesting the democratization of the city. Accused of hiding gunpowder from Parisian insurgents who were looking for something with which to defend themselves against a possible repression of the Revolution, Flesselles was killed on the steps of the Hôtel de Ville on July 14, 1789, the same day the Bastille was stormed.

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