France was being attacked by foreign countries on all sides and civil war was breaking out in many regions. Radicals led by Maximilien Robespierre took over the government and started the Reign of Terror. Robespierre was the leader of the Committee of Public Safety and the Jacobins. The Jacobins felt it was their duty to preserve the revolution, even if it meant violence and terror. The Committee of Public Safety wanted to introduce the “Law of Suspects”, which this law said that anyone who was even suspected as an enemy of the revolution was to be arrested. Throughout the year, everyone was cautious about everything they do and who to talk to, and around 17,000 people were executed. Enemies of Robespierre organized to overthrow him, then on July 27, 1794, he was removed from power and executed ending all the terror in France.