Maximilien Robespierre
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"Maximilien Fran├žois Marie Isidore de Robespierre" was a French lawyer and politician, and one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution.

As a member of the Estates-General of 1789/Estates-General, the National Constituent Assembly/Constituent Assembly and the Jacobin Club, he opposed the death penalty and advocated the Abolitionism#First abolition of slavery (1794)/abolition of slavery, while supporting equality of rights, universal male suffrage and the establishment of a republic. He opposed Dechristianisation of France during the French Revolution/dechristianisation of France, war with Austria and the possibility of a coup by the Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette/Marquis de Lafayette. As a member of the Committee of Public Safety, he was an important figure during the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended a few months after his arrest and execution in July 1794 following the Thermidorian reaction. The Thermidorians accused him of being the "soul" of the Terror, although his guilt in the brutal excesses of the Terror has not been proven.

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