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Location address: France, Lorraine, Varennes-en-Argonne
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Varennes-en-Argonne was the scene of the Flight to Varennes: In June 1791 Louis XVI, with his immediate family, made a dash for the nearest friendly border, that of Austrian Belgium (Queen Marie-Antoinette being a sister to the Austrian emperor, Leopold II). But in Varennes Louis and his family were arrested, by Citizen Drouet, the local postmaster, who had been alerted by a message received from nearby Sainte-Menehould. It is said that at Sainte-Menehould , where the escaping party had spent the previous night, a merchant alerted the town authorities of their presence after recognizing the King’‘s face on a coin, as Louis tried to buy something from a shop. Once more France’‘s king, queen, and dauphin (crown prince) returned to the Tuileries in humiliating captivity, and Louis and Marie-Antoinette were subsequently executed on the guillotine. The dauphin probably died in prison in 1795.
At the start of the French Revolution, Louis XVI flight from Paris to Varennes. It is June 1791. Although he and his family flight in cognito, he recognized by the postmaster of Varennes. The family is captured…
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Varennes-en-Argonne or simply Varennes is a commune in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France.