Lavoisier vs. Marat, earlier, in a dispute concerning the scientific value of Marat’s researches (Lavoisier successfully argued against admitting Marat to the French Academe?--I remain uncertain of this) may have been a major precipitating event.
I saw this:
When asked for his defense, Lavoisier is famously said to have remarked, “I am a scientist,” to which the tribunal replied, “The Revolution has no need of scientists.”
“La République n’a pas besoin de savants ni de chimistes ; le cours de la justice ne peut être suspendu.”
Are supposed to be the words of the judge.
In French, does “savants” equate to “scientists?”
Google translate says:
“The Republic does not need scientists or chemists, the course of justice may not be suspended.”
Bearing up the thought.
[edit: further investigation reveals more to the French use of “savant” in classic “tip of the iceberg” fashion...]