Claude-François de Payan
Payan was from a noble family in the Dauphiné, descended from the count palatines, which had held important army and magistrate posts. His father was the squire François de Payan and so Claude-François naturally joined an artillery regiment before the Revolution. On the Revolution he was highly enthused by the new ideas and fully subscribed to them. His elder brother Joseph-François de Payan was also a revolutionary.
Actions in Paris
National agent in Paris
A rigorous policy
- (French) Albert Soboul, Dictionnaire historique de la Révolution française, Paris, PUF, 2005
- (French) Notes et archives 1789-1794