On the night of June 20th, 1791, the royal family fled from Paris to Varennes.
They wanted not to leave France, but to be near a large military strong-point in
case of attack on their land. Few townspeople noticed the royal coach... but
the ones who did were quickly arrested, so as not to spread the word.
This stunt caused the King to lose much support from his once loyal subjects. The "people" called private meetings and called for changes in the government of France.