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sans-culottes

A name for republicans, originally meant as an insult, referring to the trousers worn by common people rather than courtly breeches.
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This, according to Labour sans culottes Birmingham MP Steve McCabe, is "a slur on hard-working House of Commons staff".
He told his audience: "On a day when the sans culottes appear to have captured the government in Paris and a French minister has been so eccentric as to call for a massive Indian investor to depart from France, I have no hesitation or embarrassment in saying to everyone here venez a Londres, mes amis, come to the business capital of the world.
And there hasn't been looting in the Paris area - at least, not on the grand scale - since the sans culottes (or "trouserless") mob ripped the heart out of Versailles during the French Revolution.
What started in France in 1789 as an uprising of the middle classes in alliance with the sans culottes ended up with the return of the monarchy in the form of Napoleon's dictatorship.
Two other labels--Les Sans Culottes, depicting Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People and Rose de Gambrinus, featuring a painting of the king of Flanders sitting with a bare-breasted woman--were denied licensing.