Jules Vallès 1871

The Elections


First Published: April 10 1871;
Source: Jules Vallès, Le Cri du Peuple. Les Editeurs Francais Réunis. Paris 1953;
Translated: for marxists.org by Mitchell Abidor;
CopyLeft: Creative Commons (Attribute & ShareAlike) marxists.org 2005.


In this moment of struggle and anguish, when the people of Paris are behind the barricades, we don’t believe they should be called to the urns.

Voting shouldn’t occur during a battle. We should only vote after the victory that will render the Commune definitively sovereign in a free and peaceful Paris.

We advise the Commune, and we beg it in the name of the Republic, to suspend any call to the voters as long as the drums are beating to call together the combatants.

They must either all retreat or remain in the breach, exactly as they were left by the flow of the fight, mutilated by resignations or decimated by assassination.

This is their honor, their role, their obligation.

Le Cri du Peuple April 10, 1871