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All that can be expected from the dearest interest in the public welfare, all that can be required of a sovereign, the first friend of his people; you may and ought to hope from my sentiments. That a happy spirit of union may pervade this assembly, gentlemen, and that this may be an ever memorable epoch for the happiness and prosperity of the kingdom, is the wish of my heart, the most ardent of my desires; it is, in a word, the reward which I expect for the uprightness of my intentions, and my love of my subjects


This quotation is often cited to show how out of touch the French King was just before the French Revolution. The French King was opening the French National Assembly which contained deputies (delegates) from the clergy, the nobility and the people.

Louis XVI, 1754–1793, King of France, Stated to the Assemblage of the Three Estates---clergy, nobles, people, May 6, 1798

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Louis XVI
Louis XVI
  • Born: August 23, 1754
  • Died: January 21, 1793
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Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, was the last King of France before the fall of the monarchy during the French Revolution. He was referred to as Citizen Louis Capet during the four months before he was guillotined. In 1765, at the death of his father, Louis, son and heir apparent of Louis XV, Louis-Auguste became the new Dauphin of France. Upon his grandfather's death on 10 May 1774, he assumed the title "King of France and Navarre", which he used until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of "King of the French" until the monarchy was abolished on 21 September 1792.

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