The Legislative Assembly votes to suspend the king (1792)


On August 10th, as Louis XVI and his family took shelter in the Legislative Assembly, the Assembly voted to suspend the king:


“The Legislative Assembly, believing that the dangers to the fatherland have reached their peak…

Believing that these evils derive principally from the suspicions that the conduct of the head of the executive authority has aroused, in a war undertaken in his name against the Constitution and national independence; [and] that these suspicions have inspired, in different parts of the empire, a wish for the revocation of the authority delegated to Louis XVI…

Article 1. The people of France are invited to form a National Convention. The special commission will present a draft indicating the mode and the period of this convention tomorrow.

Article 2. The head of the executive authority [the king] is temporarily suspended from his responsibilities, until the National Convention has delivered a verdict regarding the measures that it believes it necessary to adopt so as to ensure the sovereignty of the people and the reign of liberty and equality.

Article 3. The special commission will present a method for organising a new ministry within twenty-four hours…

Article 8. The king and his family will remain within the legislative body until calm has been re-established in Paris…

Article 10. Any government official, soldier, non-commissioned officer, officer, whatever his rank, and army general, who in these dangerous days abandons his post, is declared to be evil and a traitor to the fatherland.

Article 11. The department and the municipality of Paris will have the present decree proclaimed immediately and with ceremony.

Article 12. It will be sent by special courier to the 83 departments, where it is obliged to be delivered within 24 hours to the municipalities of their jurisdiction, so it can be proclaimed there with the same ceremony.”