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What was the 'March on Versailles'?

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M. Kennedy

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Answered Jan 08, 2019

The March on Versailles, also known as The October Days, The October March or The Women’s March on Versailles, it was an important event at the start of the French Revolution. On the 5th of October 1789, the march began among women in the marketplace of Paris; they were rioting over the high price and scarcity of bread.

The March on Versailles, also known as The October Days, The October March or The Women’s

Bread was the main food of the commoners. The poor state of the French economy led to the scarcity. About 7,000 women armed with pitchfork, muskets and pikes marched in the rain from the market place in Paris to the Palace in Versailles.

The King was forced to support the reforms; this was a major turning point in the French Revolution. It gave the revolutionaries confidence that the people had power over the King. It was also a major defeat for the Ancien Regime.

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