François-Jean LEFEBVRE DE LA  BARRE

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Alleged criminal, miscarriage of justice

FrenchBorn François-Jean LEFEBVRE DE LA BARRE

French nobleman tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary nailed to his torso

Born on July 12, 1745 in Férolles-Attilly, Seine-et-Marne , France

Died on July 01, 1766 in Abbeville , France

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La Barre is often said to have been executed for not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession, though other charges of a similar nature were laid against him.



In France, Lefebvre de la Barre is widely regarded a symbol of the victims of Christian religious intolerance, along with Jean Calas and Pierre-Paul Sirven, all championed by Voltaire. A second replacement statue to de la Barre stands near the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris at the summit of the butte Montmartre (itself named from the Temple of Mars), the highest point in Paris and an 18th arrondissement street nearby the Sacré-Cœur is also named after Lefebvre de la Barre.

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