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Barricade Voltaire Lenoir Commune Paris
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A barricade on Rue Voltaire, after its capture by the regular army during the Bloody Week. In 1870, July, the French went to war with Prussia ; 6 months later the fighting ended in smashing defeat, the tinsel empire of Napoleon III had collapsed, the capital was approaching famine, and France was near anarchy. On March 26, 1871, the people of Paris seized the city and held it for 62 days. This was the famous Paris Commune, which conservative Frenchmen feared even more than Prussian militarism. The French government, aided by its enemy, Prussia, crushed the uprising. The answer to their slogan, 'Freedom or Death,' was death, on such a scale that the Seine ran red with blood.
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