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Robespierre and Vidocq’ houses in Arras

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The famous French Revolutionary and dictator, Maximilien de Robespierre, also nicknamed “the incorruptible” was born in Arras on 6 May 1758. Built in 1730, his house sheltered him from 1787 to 1789 when he was a lawyer in Arras. Robespierre was guillotined in Paris on 28 July 1794 during the French Revolution (1789-1799).

 

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Robespierre’s house.

Vidocq was born in Arras on 25 July 1775 at 222, rue du Miroir-de-Venise (today the “rue des Trois-Visages”) near Robespierre’s house. Bandit, thief, swindler and acrobat, Vidocq is famous for having become one of the best policemen in France in the XIX century. He was named chief of the Sûreté in Paris and was the first private detective in the world!

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