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1853–1854: Paris: Ion Brătianu And The ‘Hippodrome Affair’

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In mid-June 1853, amidst the feverish international lobbying preceding the Crimean War, Ion Brătianu was arrested and interrogated under accusation of involvement in a plot to kill Napoleon III. The trial in the so-called l’Hippodrome et de l’Opéra- Comique’ opened at the Cour d’Assises de la Seine on 7 November 1853. There were twenty-seven young men in the dock, including "Bratiano". The men in the dock were alleged to be members of secret societies such as the Société des Vertus, the Société des Saisons, the Deux Cents and the Cordon sanitaire – whose activities were illegal – and to have conspired against the life of Emperor Napoleon and against the government.

Keywords: Crimean war; Hippodrome affair; Ion Brătianu



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