Rue de Montreuil

Arrondissement 14

Numbers 31, 96

An old road to Montreuil where the Montgolfier brothers first flew above Paris in a hot air balloon and where a workers protest helped trigger the 1789 revolution. No 96 was where Blanqui’s mother nursed his gunshot wound in 1827, and where he lived with his wife from 1830 and in 1834 his son was born.

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.

The first tethered manned flight by Etienne Montgolfier was tested on October 15 1783 in the backyard of the Réveillon works at no 31 rue de Montreuil.

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.