In a like spirit of moderation he opposed the Thermidorian reaction, and defended Barere, Billaud-Varenne the Collot d'Herbois from the accusations launched against them on the 22nd of March 1795.
BILLAUD - VARENNE, JACQUES Nicolas (1756-1819), French revolutionist, was the son of an avocat at the parlement of Paris.
In 1821 were published the Memoires de Billaud-Varenne ecrits a Port-au-Prince (Paris, 2 vols.), but they are probably forgeries.
The principal documents relative to the trial of Collot d'Herbois, Barere and Billaud-Varenne are indicated in Aulard, Recueil des actes du comite de salut public, t.
Beside the remnant of Terrorists, such as Billaud Varennes and Collot d'Herbois, who had joined in the revolt against As- Robespierre, there were in the Convention at that time three principal factions.
Such were Robespierre, Saint-Just, Couthon, Billaud-Varenne, Cambon, Thuriot, Collot dHerbois, Barrre and Prieur d~ la Mbrne.
(the 21st of March to the 4th of April 1795), the Thermidorians decreed the accusation of Barere and his colleagues of the Terror, Collot d'Herbois and Billaud-Varenne, and he was sent to the Isle of Oleron.