What did Louis XIV mean by "letat, c'est moi"?
- NevilleLv 69 years agoFavorite Answer
He was saying "I am the state" thus making himself the personnification of France and asserting that he was the decision maker, he was the absolute monarch and he had total control. It was a warning to others.
- 5 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.
- squeezie_1999Lv 79 years ago
Translation: " The state, it's me". Means that in his France, the government was the king and that no one else, the nobility, the clergy, and most of all the people...had a say in what the law was and how it was to be enforced. It is exactly the opposite of "of the people, for the people and by the people", which is how the founding fathers of the US defined our government.
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- Anonymous9 years ago
L'etat, C'est Moi. The state, it is me, meaning the king alone ruled.
- noreenLv 43 years ago
Good discussion, just what I was searching for.
- 6 years ago
negara adalah saya
- 5 years ago
it means that he and the state are one and the same. it means that he is the totem or personification of the state