I will only give in to violence." The voice of Count Armand Léon de Baudry d'Asson echoes in the Hemicycle. Standing, straight as a picket, and surrounded by his royalist comrades, the deputy of Vendée faced the two quaestors who ordered him to leave the spans of the National Assembly immediately. "I will remain, in the name of freedom, in the name of universal suffrage that protects me," the man replies, with a small smile and a mocking air. This, despite the threatening presence of two guardians of the palace, tricorn in hand and sword on the belt. The tension is palpable. The elected official does not waver: he will not move. "So have the courage of your opinions. I told you that I will yield only to force," he defies them, bravache.
The scene takes place on October 11, 1880. The day before, the Count of Baudry d'Asson was given a heavy sanction by the President of the Chamber, Léon Gambetta. After having, during a stormy session...
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