Louis XX (1820? - 1879) was the King of France at the time of the Franco-German War of 1878 - 1880 and the French Revolution of 1879 - 1880. When a series of riots erupted in Paris in November 1879 following French losses against the Germanic Confederation, Louis XX was unable to maintain control of the situation. By early December order had completely broken down in the French capital, and Louis lost his nerve. In a dramatic speech, he announced the start of formal negotiations with the Germans to end the war, as well as his own abdication in favor of the Dauphin, Prince Louis, who succeeded to the throne as Louis XXI. Unfortunately, the mobs who now ruled Paris would no longer accept monarchical government, and on 25 December 1879 they stormed the Palace of Versailles. The former Louis XX was put to death, along with his wife, his son, and his three daughters.