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La Commune de Paris. La Semaine sanglante. Wednesday, May 24, 1871

La Commune de Paris. La Semaine sanglante. Wednesday, May 24. The fighting and fires in Paris continue. The latter are many, caused by the incendiary howitzers of the assailant troops and the Communards to halt or slow the enemy advance. They burn the Hôtel de Ville (the central town hall of Paris) and the police prefecture.

The Latin Quarter falls into the hands of the Versailles army and the number of summary executions increases: if the captured Parisian insurgents are more than ten in number, machine guns are used to execute them in the field. As reprisal six hostages prisoners of the communards are shot and among them the archbishop of Paris Georges Darboy. The Parisian resistance also lost control of the Louvre, the Palais-Royal, and the Panthéon. Around noon, Doctor Faneau, in charge of the ambulance set up in the Saint-Sulpice seminary, is executed with 80 wounded federates. On the Left Bank tenaciously resists the 13th district where the Butte-aux-Cailles, under the command of Walery Wroblewski, with 16 cannons faces more than 80 Versailles cannons scattered on the highest points already conquered: Panthéon, Montagne Sainte Geneviève, Montsouris, place d'Enfer. They fight hand-to-hand and with bayonet shots.

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