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French Revolutionary who called himself ‘Caius‐Gracchus, tribune of the people’. A domestic servant before the French Revolution, he moved to Paris in 1794. There he started to publish the Journal de la liberté de la presse, in which he argued that the Revolution should go further than establishing political equality. He formed a small group (the Equals) of discontented artisans and soldiers and campaigned for the equal ownership of property by all. This idea thrived in the turmoil following Robespierre's execution but secret agents learnt of his plans for an armed rising on 11 May 1796. He was captured and executed.

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