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Armand Barbès, Republican Revolutionary

"Vivre Libre or Mourir - to Live Free or Die" - Born in 1809 to a family from near Carcassonne, Barbès was a republican revolutionary. He was involved in a failed uprising against the king Louis Philippe in 1839, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment from which he was released by the revolution in 1848. In May 1848, whilst serving as a deputy in the National Assembly, he became involved in a demonstration aiming to persuade the French government to help liberate Poland. Things went wrong and he was again jailed, this time for being thought to be part of a coup attempt. In 1854 he was pardoned by Napoleon III, after which he moved to the Netherlands where he lived until his death in 1870.

Statue of Armand Barbès

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