The Local, “French figures: The anarchist who is now part of the Paris Metro”

Revolutionary, feminist and anarchist icon, Louise Michel is one of the only French women with a Metro station named after her.

December 8, 2020

Louise Michel (1830-1905) was a leading figure in the Paris Commune of 1871, a radical left-wing militia that seized power in the capital and ruled for two months.

An anarchist and a feminist, Michel rallied the masses to take up arms against the government.

The Paris Commune is recognised as one of the four great events that shaped modern France. Women played a key role in the commune, organising, building barricades and fighting.

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