Anne-Louise-Germaine Necker married Baron Erik Magnus de Staël-Holstein, a Swedish diplomat and politician, in 1786. Her father was Jacques Necker, Louis XVI's Minister of Finance; her mother Suzanne Necker was a famous salonnière whose circle included Gibbon and Diderot. Madame de Staël's husband had political immunity during the early years of the French Revolution as Swedish ambassador, enabling her to remain in France and help others to flee. But in 1792 she herself was forced to flee to Switzerland. On her return in 1797, she established her own salon and became a leader of progressive politics and intellectual life in Paris.