The Convention continued to meet after the elimination, on June 2, of the Girondists, but it represented only a minority of a minority. As the sovereign authority, it made the laws and named the members of, and supervised, the Committee of Public Safety, the principal organ of executive power. It was an illegitimate government not only because it had been elected by a reduced electorate but because it had been illegal from the beginning. It could maintain itself only by force.
Along with the Convention, the municipality of Paris constituted another sovereign authority of the second degree; it, too, was illegitimate since it was established as a