Throughout the first and second phases of the French Revolution, it was clear that
certain political rivalries had been formed. By the trial of King Louis XVI in January of 1793, the
two sides had become very polarized. With the Montangards on the left, the plain in the
middle, and the Girondins on the right, the Convention found themselves in a battle between
the Mountain and the Girondins, while leaving the men of the plain to choose sides. By May 31,
1793, this rivalry had officially reached its breaking-point. With continued participation by
Parisian spectators in support of the Mountain and against Girondins, Paris displayed their
overwhelming support of the increasingly liberal left.
On the 31st of May, the people of Paris once again stormed Tuileries Palace with the
intent of ridding the Convention of the Girondins, as they felt threatened by Isnard’s comments and the perceived reservations of progress by the right. By the end of June 2nd , 3 days later, the conflict had died down. In that time, the peaceful mob had essentially scared the Commission of 12 out of the Convention and also intimidated many on the right to not show their face at all. The three-day conflict still remained peaceful despite the call to arms but still fully demonstrated the Parisian support for the left, as well as their power to inflict political progress during the beginning of the second phase.