The section was the basic unit of municipal government in France. The forty-eight sections of Paris were the subunits of the Commune and were known for their militancy. The general assemblies of the sections were the strongholds of the sans-culottes and the club movement. They went into permanent session in July 1792 as a result of the war crisis and met more or less continuously until September 1793, when the number of meetings was limited to two every ten days. It was through the sections that most of the revolutionary journées (days) were organized and executed.
“Section,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed August 4, 2020, https://revolution.chnm.org/items/show/1067.