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Founded in 1789 during the start of the French Revolution, the National Guard was initially led by the Marquis de Lafayette and took part in several important events of the revolution, including the Storming of the Bastille  and the Women's March on Versailles.  
With the dechristianisation of France an official policy, the newly appointed National Guard, resplendent in iconic blue, white and red were formally established during a benediction in Notre-Dame. Later on, Notre Dame became an inglorious though temporary storage facility for the troops.