A la Lanterne (Hang’em High)!
« Ah ! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira / Les aristocrates à la lanterne / Ah ! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira / Les aristocrates on les pendra ! » (“Ah! It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine, it’ll be fine / Hang the aristocrats up high / Ah! It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine, it’ll be fine / We’re going to hang the aristocrats up high!”): this couplet composed by the singer Ladré was well known. And the lamppost in question actually existed! It was called the “king’s corner lamppost” or the “Grève lamppost.” Located above a grocery-chocolate shop, it became the symbol for popular justice: as of July 22, 1789, Foulon de Doué, who replaced Necker in the Ministry of Finances, and the intendant of Paris Bertier de Sauvigny, his son-in-law, hated by the people, were hung here. Neither the object nor the location was chosen by accident. This lamppost was located near a bust of Louis XIV, who embodied despotism. Moreover, it was on the Place de Grève where public executions had been organized during the Ancien Régime.
7 place de l’Hôtel de Ville