Versaillais

Versaillais

 

the name given by the participants of the Paris Commune of 1871 to the forces of the counterrevolution that had established themselves in Versailles under the leadership of A. Thiers and their troops under the command of M. MacMahon. The Versaillais, with the support of the Prussian troops, inflicted cruel retributions on the workers of Paris, who had carried out the first proletarian revolution in history. The name “Versaillais” was long a synonym for executioners of revolutionaries.

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The Versaillais surrounded the capital and starved the Communards to death, eventually gunning down those who survived.
By the end of the Commune on May 28, 1871, when a Versaillais firing squad shot remaining National Guard troops against a wall at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 Parisians had been killed.