St Quentin sur Isere, Wednesday june 27 2017
Grenoble is the big city opening to the French Alps and mostly associated with winter sports. But it is also the capital of the province where it all started in 1788, less than a year before the Bastille day.
A very rich business man, Claude Perrier, had bought a few years ago a large castle in Vizille, some 20 kms south of Grenoble. He was, like many of the rich bourgeois of the time, open to deep reforms of the country. When the deputies of the province were refused access to the town hall to discuss reforms against the monarchy, centralisation and fiscal abuses , he hosted them in his castle of Vizille. Thus the Assembly of Vizille became as famous in French history as the tea party in Boston in the American history. The 500 notables gathered on July 21 , 1788 in the castle precipitated a revolutionary movement that was to end only 10 years later , having thrown down the monarchy and turned upside down all the social , political and economic organisation of the country.