Paris Sections

Created: 1790

The sections were a new administrative organisation for the capital which came into force in 1790, dividing Paris into 48 areas. These sections played an important role in the Revolution, both at a street level and on the national stage. In particular, popular pressure on the national government tended to be organised within Paris through section committees and assemblies, often in coordination with the Commune and the Jacobin Club.



Appears in these Letters:


14 August: The August Revolution: The Fall of the Monarchy

The summer of 1792 was a perfect storm for the French monarchy, with rising demands for a Republic amid military defeats and the lasting resentment...


29 May - 31 May: Purge of the Girondins. Part 1

Another entry which speaks to the possible political implications of the military pressure the Republic was under. The duchess believes this to be the...

5 June: Purge of the Girondins. Part 3

The political implications of the Purge of the Girondins began to be felt immediately, and the duchess emphasises the political importance of the...

5 June: Reflections on Political Repression

The duchess explains how the balance of political power in the capital has recently shifted in a more radical direction, and considers the...