Camille Desmoulins and the Orators of the Palais-Royal
On July 12, 1789, Parisians learned about the dismissal of the minister known to be the most opposed to despotism: Necker, in charge of Finances. This news caused an uproar. In the Palais-Royal, orators, perched on tables or benches, harangued passersby on the crisis of the kingdom, galvanizing minds. Tables were put out in front of the Café de Foy, which was located at 57-60 in what is now the Montpensier gallery. One of the orators attracted more attention than the others: Camille Desmoulins. Ripping a leaf from one of the trees in the garden, he proposed wearing it as a sign of patriotism and called for insurrection. This was the beginning of the uprising that would lead to the storming of the Bastille two days later.
50-60 galerie de Montpensier