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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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The French Revolution was not carried out by the aristocracy and the Church but by the people, the sans culottes. If there is a revolution in Saudi Arabia to overthrow the mediaeval regime, it will not be carried out by the emirs and mullahs but by the intelligentsia and downtrodden workers.
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.
In his analysis of the republican calendar, he reexamines the Jacobin campaign to replace Christian reckonings of time with ten-day weeks, punctuated by civic celebrations (the infamous sans culottes) that were fewer in number and less festive in spirit than their traditional counterparts, and offers intriguing examples of local resistance to the Revolution's reconceptualization of time, which violated deep-rooted patterns of sociability and notions of Sabbath rest.
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.