Anti-war demonstration in Paris

27 Jul 1914
  • Paris
Crowd in Paris discussing news of the July crisis
Crowd in Paris discussing news of the July crisis

A large anti-war demonstration was held in Paris on the evening of Monday 27 July, organised by the CGT [1].

Demonstrators gathered from around 9pm in the area around faubourg Poissonière. According to Le Figaro (28 July), a group of around 400 young people arrived first, followed later by a column of about 3000 demonstrators. Demonstrators and passers-by began to mingle.

Humanité (28 July) reported streets under a "state of siege" with police launching violent attacks on peaceful protestors. The paper reported "innumerable" injuries amongst the protestors. Demonstrators sang the Internationale and chanted "Down with war".  At 11.30pm the police claimed to have made 500 arrests.

The Daily Mail (28 July) reported "riotous scenes" and 800 arrests.


  1. The First World War, Strachan, Hew , Volume 1, (2001)