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purge Paris

The French newspaper Le Figaro stridently urges the need to 'purge Paris' in the first days after the fall of the commune:

'Never has such an opportunity presented itself for curing Paris of the moral gangrene that has been consuming it. Today clemency equals lunacy. What is a republican? A savage beast. We must track down like wild animals those who are hiding. Without pity, without anger, simply with the steadfastness of an honest man doing his duty.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne The Christians, Cape 1977, pages 285-6

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