What did Louis XIV mean by "Letat, c'est moi"?

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  • Alby
    Lv 6
    10 years ago
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    It literally translates to, "The State, it is me!" in other words "I am the nation"; that is, everything in France belonged to him, was reliant on him, revolved around him, and all gratitude was owed to him. He was supreme, divine, a God in his own realm. Best of all, he loved a great party!

  • 4 years ago

    A side remark: although this remark is atttributed to Louis XIV, it is the current understanding that he never said that. It does seem to fit though, as he ruled without prime minister. Do the reach of the state was rather limited at that time.

  • tuffy
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    I am the State

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