Antoine Fouquier-Tinville

Antoine Fouquier-Tinville (1747-1795) was the notorious chief prosecutor of Paris’ Revolutionary Tribunal, before and during the Reign of Terror. Born in Picardy, Fouquier-Tinville was a distant cousin of Camille Desmoulins. He studied law and travelled to Paris, where he became an advocate, then a criminal prosecutor. On Desmoulin’s recommendation, Fouquier-Tinville was recruited for political prosecutions and trials. In March 1793 he was appointed as the chief public prosecutor for Paris. Over the next 14 months Fouquier-Tinville would sent hundreds of French citizens to their death – including Marie Antoinette, Olympe de Gouges and his own cousin, Desmoulins. Fouquier-Tinville was arrested after the fall of Robespierre, put on trial by the Thermidorian reactionaries and executed in May 1795.

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