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enragés

enragés äNräzhā´ [key], term applied to a small group of Parisian radical extremists in the French Revolution . Rising prices and food shortages provoked them in Feb.–Mar., 1793, to pillage the city's food stores. Led by Jacques Roux , they demanded strict economic controls and successfully agitated for the overthrow of the Girondists . To maintain popular support in a time of crisis, the government granted many of their demands in the early months of the Reign of Terror , but arrested them. After Roux's arrest (Aug., 1793) Jacques René Hébert supported them.

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