some famous convents and monasteries
(Fontevrault, Clairvaux) were converted into prisons.
Perhaps in the next revolution the prisons will be
converted into monasteries and convents.
(At present, to call a French policeman an asshole (un con) in public is considered to be as great a crime as robbery with violence
and will attract a mandatory 3-month jail-sentence suspended for 5 years.)