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History of France

The overthrow of the French Aristocracy that changed the government of France. The first rumblings began in 1740 and was fueled by the success of the American Revolution. It finally ended with the establishment of the French Constitution in December of 1799.

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French to English

What is the meaning of grand anse in french?

'une anse' is a bay at the seaside in French. 'Grand anse' or 'Grande Anse' are placenames meaning 'large bay' in French.

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How many sons did King Louis XVI have?

Two, the oldest died as a child of Tuberculosis and Louis XVII died at the age of 10 while in prison.

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French Revolution

What year did the French Revolution begin?

1789

Did you know:

Louis XVI was deposed in 1789.
In 1789 with the Storming of the Bastille.

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Louis Tomlinson

Who does Louis Thomlinson live with?

Louis Tomlinson*

Currently, Louis Tomlinson lives on his own, so do the rest of the boys of One Direction. Harry Styles moved out of their apartment into another one in a posh neighbourhood which cost over £500,000 so Louis and Eleanor Calder (Louis' girlfriend) can live together

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Century - 1700s
New France

What was the largest city in New France in the 1700s?

Quebec.

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Time

What time does midnight start?

Midnight is at 12:00 a.m

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Where did Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier live?

annonyo FRANCE

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Paris
History of France
Luxembourg

Why was Le Jardin du Luxembourg built?

The Le Jardin du Luxembourg was built by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV and the regent of King Louis XIII. She decided to make an imitation of Palazzo Pitti, the palace where Marie was born (located in Florence, Italy).

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Who was France's president after Giscard D'Estaing?

François Mitterand took over from Valéry Giscard d'Estaing as French president in 1981.

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French Revolution

When did the guillotine stop been used and why?

1977, when the death penalty was abolished in line with all other civilised countries

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Joan of Arc

When did Joan of Arc win the war?

Joan of Arc did not win the Hundred Years Wars but turn the tide swiftly into favor of the french

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What did peasants eat during the French Revolution?

bread

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Why was King Louis XVI sent to prison?

To prevent him from interfering with the the French Revolution

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Napoleon Bonaparte

Why did the Directory send Napoleon to Egypt?

It was hoped that he could interrupt UK trade with India.

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Who shot Maximilien Robespierre?

It is disputed wether Robespierre shot himself in an attempt to commit suicide, or if he was hit by a bullet from the gendarme Merda during his arrest. His jaw was shattered, but he did not die. Amid cross-rumors of treason, (he himself had threatened to disclose a list of enemies of the nation) he was sent to the guillotine without any trial, as well as a 22 of his followers. On the two next days, 83 other people who had supported him were also beheaded.

An anonymous epitaph for him reads:
"passer-by, do not pity me; if I were alive, you would be dead"

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Napoleon Bonaparte

How do people view Napoleon Bonaparte as of today?

He was a brilliant military tactician and strategist whose many Battles are still studied today.

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Not only. He was also a great legislator. The Napoleonic Code remains also nowadays as the most remarkable set of laws of the XIX century, which influenced the legislation of several countries in subsequent years.

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How was Marie Antoinette remembered?

Today she gets poor press because of the Frenchdeficit and 'bankrupting' France

, but much of the libel of the time was false.

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Capital Punishment

What was the guillotine used for?

OUCH! - IT IS A DEVICE THAT CUTS OFF YOUR HEAD

Invented in 1791 by a Frenchman named Laquiante and Tobias Schmidt, a German engineer, it is named for the French doctor who oversaw its development, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin.

It consists of a large wooden frame housing a heavy metal blade between two upright guides. When lifted and released, the blade falls freely (like an ax) to behead condemned prisoners. It replaced hanging as a method of execution in 18th Century France, and was used on many individuals during the French revolution, notably King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Similar tools are now made small and sharp enough to prepare a cigar for smoking.

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Napoleon Bonaparte

Why were people scared of Napoleon Bonaparte?

Despite all his reforms, Napoleon still restricted the rights of women, French colonies, slaves, and the church.

But the biggest reason why there is a general sense of fear around Napoleon is due to his military success. Through military tactics and propaganda, nearly every war Napoleon fought ended in a victory, even if the casualties were significant for the French. The fact is that it took Europe's most powerful nations to unite and attack SEVEN times in total to bring him down.

Think about it: at his peak of power, Napoleon won the War of the Fifth Coalition; he was challenged by five times by an alliance of Europe's major powers and came out on top (relatively speaking) on each and every one. Regardless of the actual gains and losses, this was what most people thought of Napoleon, and thus they were afraid of Napoleon's seeming invincibility.

Even the invasion of Russia, which ended in a disaster, showed how volatle and dangerous Napoleon could be-his army of 500,000+ left behind a ravaged Russia with a burnt down capital.

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Paris
Buildings

What is the price to see the Palais-Royal?

There are three bits to the Palais-Royal The main building is Government offices and not open to the public. The theatre is part of the Comédie-Française, and you have to buy a ticket. The gardens are open as a public park, and the apartments surrounding them are among the highest-rent properties in Paris. So only the gardens are open to the public, and entrance is free. Don't miss the Palis-Royal, it's lovely, one of my favourite places in Paris. For forty years of my pictures, see http://www.franceinpictures.com/palroy.htm

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Did Napoleon Bonaparte kill people?

Certainly by proxy, but his sword was rarely bloodied. To be specific, he did directly order his troops to kill thousands right in front of him (an example being the riots of 13 Vendémiaire, where he ordered his men to open cannon fire on a mob of French rebels.) He didn't have to go out and kill people with his bare hands, but he is definately a veteran of close quarter violence due to his actions in his early-mid military career.

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Did King Louis XIV have friends?

Yes, and No. He was a great King of the most powerful state in Europe at the time, and was extremely wealthy, although his wealth dwindled towards the end of his life. He was the sole source of power in France and had absolute control. These two factors, combined with the prestige of Royalty, meant that there were a lot of people (nobles, mainly) who wanted to be his friends and share in that wealth and power.

The number of 'real' friends of the Sun King, people who were his friends because they liked him as a person, is unknown but was certainly very low. He may even have had no 'true' friends (as we would consider them), because of his status.

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How did Madame Du Pompadour die?

accounts differ but they seem to agree on some form of Cancer.

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What were the weaknesses of the French Monarchy?

It was an absolute monarchy and therefore lacked the advice and consent of the governed. The entire government was built on the outmoded concept that certain groups had special rights and privilege as an accident of birth instead of their own merit.It also gave the power to the person only to rich people

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Calvinism

What is huguenots?

huguenots was the name for the protestants in the 1600s and 1700s in France.

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