The National Assembly presents to France the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen. Marquis de Lafayette reads an excerpt from the document, highlighting its focus on human civil rights.
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Saint-Just gives an impassioned speech in which he calls for the death of Louis XVI. He believes the king to stand in the way of the French Revolution and enlightenment ideas.
The people of Paris storm the Bastille, which is a symbol of power to King Louis XVI and a symbol of tyranny to the populace. To protect his fortress, the King orders his soldiers to fire at the attackers.