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The idea originated with the memorialist Fran├žoise Bertaut de Motteville who only entered the French court after Richelieu had died, so she was reporting rumors she heard from people who knew Richelieu personally. In her memoirs published in 1723, she wrote the following in volume one: Laffemas avoit promis au Ministre qu'il le tourmenteroit si bien ...


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Regardless of the authenticity of the quote, I can see two interpretations: I am so skilled in twisting words that I can make even the most innocent phrase look like treason Language is so ambiguous and prone to misinterpretation that it is possible to twist even the most innocent words to a reason for hanging I had a third interpretation. A ...


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This article notes that most of the Portuguese nobility actually sided with King Juan I of Castile. (Juan had married the daughter of King Fernao of Portugal; when Fernao died without a son, Juan claimed the throne of Portugal on the basis of his marriage to Fernao's daughter.) So it seems likely that King Joao of Portugal -- whose base of support was ...


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i do not have the exact proportion because as you know ethnic statistics are forbidden in France. However Harki descendants are estimated to be between 500 to 800k. The total population of people with Algerian roots is estimated to be about 1.8 million. A lot of Algerian emigrated during and after the Civil War that occured in the 90s in Algeria, at a point ...


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He did not say it. The bon mot was well known in France and was originated by Voltaire in Chapter 24 of his book Siecle de Louis XIV which was published in 1751. According to Voltaire's account Louis XIV said this in a speech before the parliament on April 13, 1865, which would have been 85 years previously to when Voltaire wrote it. In the actual speech ...


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Well, that seems to be an oversimplified version of the story to me. Many other things also happened and although some of them were like conspiracy theories but there are many other facts that are good to be known. Just for mentioning one of them; it is good to know that Le Monde newspaper had an interview with Khomeini in May 6, 1978. This is months before ...


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So, taking a suggestion for the comment above, I will make and answer to this. The British/English and the French had been going at each other's throat for a long time. Just reading from Wikipedia's list of conflicts between the two nations it is very obvious that they did not like each other. Not long before the Revolutionary War, the French had been ...


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First of all, France and the crown of France are two different things. You need to clearly differentiate between the crown, the estates, and the people of France. The American colonists received three main injections of money and material from France during the war: (1) A private subsidy from the crown. This was a large gift engineered by the foreign ...


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Obviously, Not for France.It was only Napoleon┬┤s first important lose to his plan to invade UK because the royal navy destroyed the spanish fleet that was neccesary to defeat UK. France lost his "ally" provocking a great weakness at the sea. If the spanish-french fleet combined reach to the size to the UK, after this battle the French navy was outnumbered. ...


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The famous battle of trafalgar was the one that Napoleon committed the first mistake. In quantity, The Royal navy was a bitter larger than the combined French-spanish one. However, the quality of the Spanish navy and naval officers were better than French. And it was the spanish last generation of good naval officers including a generation of basque officers ...



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