Numbers 31, 96
It was on the road to Montreuil towards the north- east of Paris that Blanqui’s highly supportive mother, Sophie de Brionville, bound his wounds in 1827 at number 96 and took him and his wife in from 1830. His only son was born there.
In 1783, in the back yard at number 31 the Montgolfier brothers first stayed on their hot-air balloon as it took place off at the Royal wallpaper factory that six years later helped trigger the 1789 revolution.
In 1789 the wallpaper factory’s owner and designer of the balloon’s wallpaper decorative covering, Jean-Baptiste Réveillon, was a candidate in the upcoming elections for the General Estates forced on Louis XVI. Réveillon argued that his workers’ wages could be reduced if bread prices were lowered and the workers stopped spending their wages on drink .
On 28 April 1789 workers sacked and pillaged the factory and his house, while Réveillon took refuge in the Bastille fort. The army then killed somewhere between 25 and 100 people in quelling the riot. It was the first of several workers’ riots that led up to the July 14 storming of the Bastille.