Jnles Bastide, a French publicist and politician, born in Paris, Nov. 22, 1800. The son of a man of business, he became a timber merchant after having studied law, and participated in many revolutionary attempts against Charles X. He was one of the first French carbonari, and on the outbreak of the revolution of 1830 he was said to have been the first to hoist the tricolor flag on the Tuileries. In 1832 he was arrested at Grenoble as an abettor of republican movements, and after his release he was the leader of the riot which broke out (June 5) during the funeral of Gen. Lamarque. He was sentenced to death, but fled to England, and on his surrendering to the French authorities in 1834 he was acquitted. After the death of Armand Carrel he and his commercial part-n3r Charles Thomas became joint editors of the National newspaper, from 1836 to 1846. In 1847 he and Buchez founded the Revue natio-nale, and continued to advocate moderate republican institutions as compatible with the Roman Catholic faith. In the provisional government of 1848 ho was secretary general, and under Lamartine's executive commission minister of foreign affairs, and for a short time of the navy, being also a member of the constituent assembly.
He remained in the cabinet under Cavaignac, and left it Dec. 20. He assisted in preparing the second edition of the His-toire parlementaire de la revolution francaise, by Buchez (5 vols., 1845-7), and published the first volume of Histoire de l'assemblee legislative (1847), but did not continue this publication, which was to have comprised 25 volumes. His more recent works include La republique francaise et l'ltalie en 1848 (Brussels, 1858), and Guerres de religion en France (2 vols., Paris, 1859).