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26 June 2020 [postponed from 24 April 2020]

Olympe de Gouges

France: Olympe de Gouges, 24 April 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

The stamp
First day Friday, April 24, 2020
Cancellation illustrated 1st day at ARIS at Carré d’Encre, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
Valérie BESSER will lead a signing session on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
General sale on Monday April 27, 2020 Info
Face value: € 2.32 See prices as of April 27, 2020
Postage of the priority letter from 20 to 100g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Vertical stamp Total dimensions 40.85×52 mm Perforation 13
Full color
Rotogravure printed with 30 stamps per sheet
600,000 copies issued

Portrait attributed to Alexandre Kucharski (1741-1819)
Private collection
Layout by Valérie Besser

UPDATE: Postponed to 26 June 2020 due to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. New Details —

Issue on Friday, June 26, 2020
Illustrated obliteration 1st day in PARIS at The Ink Square, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS
and AT MONTAUBAN at central post office, 6 Emperor’s Alley, entrance to the “Postal Bank” on Friday, June 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
See the catch-up conditions of the Ink Square
General sale on Monday, June 29, 2020 Info
Face value: €2.32 See fares as of June 29, 2020
Postage of the priority letter of 20 to 100g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Vertical stamp – Serration : 13
Total dimensions: 40.85×52 mm
Color In: polychrome
Printed in heliography 30 stamps per sheet
Issued to 600,000 copies –

Olympe de Gouges, born in Montauban on May 7, 1748 , playwright and pamphleteer, is the first woman in European contemporary history to be executed for the publication of political writings. Since 1789, it has regularly addressed to the National Constituent Assembly and then to the Legislative Assembly, and to the Convention, addresses, opinions, opinions or petitions in the form of letters, brochures or posters which had varying echoes according to the circumstances and the political tensions. Her social and societal demands and her courageous positions regarding the violence and demagoguery which she fearlessly fought against, testify to a demanding and modern humanism. Today we remember her passionate fight for the abolition of colonial slavery of men of color, from 1785, because she carried it through a play performed at the Comédie-Française, then published in 1792 under the titre The Slavery of the Blacks or the Happy Shipwreck. The same is true of her denunciation of violence against women and her repeated calls to obtain civil and political rights for them, a commitment reflected, among other things, in her Declaration of the Rights of Women and the citizen. Republican and reformist, she pleaded after the massacres of September 1792 for the respect of the rule of law supported by the Declaration of 1789, against “the providential man” and the dictatorship, for the strict observance of the democratic and parliamentary game. And it was these speeches which, after the anti-parliamentary coup of May 31, 1793, made him designate the Jacobins and Robespierre as a “moderate”, therefore a “counter-revolutionary”, causing his arrest and then his death the 3 November 1793, three days after his political friends from the Girondin movement.

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