Claire Lacombe, a Republican Militant
Claire Lacombe lived here! If her name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because most revolutionary women have been forgotten. And yet, in 1793, many Parisians knew her name. Originally from Marseille by way of Lyon, this actress attended meetings at the radical Cordeliers club. Along with other women, she demanded the right to take up arms in order to defend the Republic. She was even awarded for her bravery during the storming of the Tuileries on August 10, 1792. Close with the Enraged group, she campaigned so that the Republic would become more democratic and social. With Pauline Léon, she founded the Society of Revolutionary Republican Women in May 1793, a women’s only political club. Her radicalness upset a great number of people: arrested in 1794, she was freed a year later and retired from militant life.
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