French Republican Calendar


The French Republican calendar, also known as the French Revolutionary calendar, was created during the French Revolution (1789-1799) in an attempt to build a new society separate from the vestiges of the Ancien RĂ©gime. First implemented in 1793, the calendar remained in use for twelve years until 1806 and was revived for 18 days during the Paris Commune of 1871.

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  • 15 Jul 1789
    The day after the Storming of the Bastille, some French citizens begin dating letters as "the second day of freedom".
  • 21 Sep 1792
    The First French Republic is established.
  • 24 Oct 1793
    The French Republican calendar goes into effect.
  • 1801
    The Concordat of 1801 restores the names of weekdays as they were under the Gregorian calendar.
  • 1 Jan 1806
    The French Republican calendar is officially replaced with the Gregorian calendar in France, over 12 years after its adoption.
  • 6 May 1871 - 23 May 1871
    The French Republican calendar is briefly revived during the Paris Commune of 1871.