Gunfire on Rue Saint Dominique
Currently the residence of the Defense Secretary, the Hôtel de Brienne was occupied in 1788 by Louis-Marie-Athanase de Loménie, Count of Brienne, and, at this time, Secretary of State for War. He was the brother of Etienne-Charles de Loménie de Brienne, Louis XVI’s head minister. Detested by the people due to his connections with Marie-Antoinette’s very conservative entourage, he was forced to resign on August 25, 1788. With this news, a dummy in his effigy was burned on the Pont-Neuf. On August 28th, insurgents headed to the Hôtel de Brienne, which symbolized the excessive luxury of the privileged few. Several dozens of them were shot.
14 rue Saint Dominique