History of the Paris Commune

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The Republic is Proclaimed



Paris, September 4, 1870
The Minister of the Interior to the prefects:

The legislative body has been declared dissolved.

The Republic has been proclaimed at the Hotel de Ville.

A Government of National Defense composed of eleven members, all deputies from Paris, has been constituted and ratified by popular acclaim.

The names are: Arago, Crémieux, Jules Favre, Ferry, Gambetta, Garnier-Pagè, Glais-Bizoin, Pelletan, Picard, Rochefort, Jules Simon.

General Trochu is both maintained is both maintained in his powers as Governor of Paris and named Minister of War, replacing General Palikao.

For the Government of National Defense:
The Minister of the Interior,
Léon Gambetta

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