what does "L’Etat c’est moi”" mean? why did King Louis XIV say it?

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Simply put, he didn't say it. (And you look at me like o_0)

    This is what he said, according to the French historian experts...

    "Je m'en vais, mais l'État demeurera toujours." ("I am going away, but the State will always remain").

    Most likely, "L’Etat c’est moi” was used by his political enemies to emphasize his strong dictatorship over unified France.

  • 1 decade ago

    "I am the State."

    The Sun King was the epitome of Autocratic Monarchy. A creature of Cardinals Richelieu and Mazzirin, he was to embody the very idea of the "devine right of kings."

  • 3 years ago

    L Etat C Est Toi

  • 1 decade ago

    I THINK it means something like "I am the state". He said it because he was an absolute ruler who believed he deserved to have such control.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It means "the state is me"

    He said it because he was an unspeakable egotist.

  • 1 decade ago

    It cost him his head too.

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