La Réforme

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La Réforme was a French political newspaper of the mid-19th century. Founded by Alexandre Ledru-Rollin in Paris on July 29, 1843, the newspaper had a left-wing radical liberal republican editorial line, and published some early socialist works. Its regular contributors included the radicals Étienne Arago, Godefroy Cavaignac, and Victor Schœlcher and the early socialists Louis Blanc, Pierre Leroux, and Félix Pyat. The socialist figures Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Karl Marx, and Mikhail Bakunin also published articles. The editor was Ferdinand Flocon.

Members of the newspaper were part of the provisional government of 1848, who led the Second Republic in the spring of 1848.

In February 1848, Charles Ribeyrolles became the editor to replace Ferdinand Flocon. However, after the demonstration at the Arts-et-Métier on June 13, 1849, Ribeyrolles was tried in absentia by the High Court of Justice of Versailles. On the run, he escaped police and gave Senator Pierre Joigneaux instructions for the management of the newspaper during his absence, which he hoped would be short.

After the coup of December 2, 1851 of Napoleon III and the establishment of the Second Empire, the newspaper was banned.

Circulation figures: 1698 copies in 1845, 1860 copies in 1846. End of publication: January 11, 1850.