The Last Mayor of the Ancien Régime
His name has been forgotten, but in 1789, every Parisian knew who Jacques de Flesselles was: he was the Provost of the Merchants, i.e. the equivalent of the Mayor of Paris, and quite close to the king. On July 14th, he was accused of betraying insurgents by promising them arms without ever having the intention of helping them. He was killed in front of the Hôtel de Ville and then decapitated: his death provoked many debates on revolutionary violence, specifically in the National Assembly.
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