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I realized that I should give serious attention to financial recovery … For ever since I took command of my affairs I had daily uncovered new evidence of … wastefulness.

Fouquet was incompetent and corrupt. The King then appointed Jean Baptiste Colbert, a great financial administrator.

Louis XIV, 1638-1715, King of France, Statement when he fired Nicolas Fouquet as Controller General of Finances, 1806

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Louis XIV
Louis XIV
  • Born: September 5, 1638
  • Died: September 1, 1715
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Royalty

Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (Roi Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. Starting on 14 May 1643 when Louis was 4 years old, his reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history. In the age of absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV's France was a leader in the growing centralisation of power.

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