Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

There Is No Robespierre Street in Paris - Strange Isn't It?

Maximilien de Robespierre, a central figure of the French Revolution, does not have any avenue, street, nor even an alley that uses his name in Paris. In 2009, by a narrow majority, the city council rejected a proposal to name a square or street "Robespierre".

Maximilien de Robespierre

That being said, a metro station bares his name on line 9 of the ''Paris Métro''. It is on Robespierre Street, but that street is outside of Paris in the commune of Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis.

Robespierre, a hero of the revolution for some, and a bloodthirsty dictator and terrorist for others. The word ''Terrorist'' originates from the Reign of Terror instigated by  Robespierre in the streets of Paris 1793 and 1794.

Robespierre was given a posthumous epitaph, which says ''Passerby, do not grieve my death because if I were living you'd be dead''. This epitaph does not appear anywhere because he buried in a mass grave.


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