After 444 years, the first tribute to the victims of Saint-Barthélémy paid to Paris

Paris on August 24, 1572: soldiers kill the main Protestant leaders on the king's orders. The people will then perpetrate a real massacre. The French state today pays tribute to the victims.

Dn the night of Saint-Barthélémy, the soldiers kill the main Protestant leaders on the orders of King Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Medici. The Parisian people, as if enraged, then went on to kill thousands of Protestants for several days. The situation is no longer under control.

The climate of religious warfare was exacerbated after the marriage of Henri de Navarre, then Protestant with Marguerite de Valois, daughter of Catherine de Medici. The Parisian people, very Catholic, revolted by this alliance, were overwhelmed and attacked the Protestant nobles who had come to escort their prince. This massacre will then spread to other cities in France.

This very dark episode in the history of France and the history of the Church in France had never been commemorated before. French Protestants had therefore awaited this event for a long time. This Wednesday, April 13, 444 years after the events, the mayor of Paris, in partnership with the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) and the Society for the History of Protestantism (SHPF), is organizing a ceremony in memory of the victims.

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled at the foot of the Pont Neuf by Ms. Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. The ceremony is not public, but a report and photos will be posted on the FPF website. The FPF will accompany this commemoration with a message of hope and fraternity.

Elisabeth dugas

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