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Old 09-20-2013, 11:49 PM
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I wonder how much money total the french royals have in their possession today? Why aren't they relevant?
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:42 AM
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French royal treasures returned to claimants - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:04 AM
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Good for the heirs that they get some money, but it is a pity that the collection will be scattered and eventually probably sold at auctions. I didn't find the late counts decision to put things in a foundation that odd. Sadly he didn't put it in a family foundation which would have made much more sense.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:18 AM
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I agree that a family foundations would have made a better decision, and probably would have avoided much controversies. But on the other side I think to the (bad) relationship of the late Count with (many of) his children and it isn't a surprise that he didn't do and didn't care of how much they would inherit.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:20 AM
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It would be nice if they found a way to make themselves more visible.
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A new book about the friendship between Count of Paris and the French president Francois Mitterand has appeared recently in France,its title is "La Rose & Le Lys"(Francois Mitterand and Count of Paris 1986-1996).More information here:
Noblesse & Royautés » «*La rose et le lys*»
Here is a funny story- I was born in a log cabin in Montana with no electricity or running water, had limited education, but managed to make a few dollars in the China trade in the eighties. I was also always interested in France for some reason. In 1992 I moved the whole family to Paris and rented an apartment at 1 Place Vauban. I made a lot of good friends in Paris- mostly working class people like myself. Every so often I would see an old man at the mailboxes and would say hello in the way I spoke to all my other friends- " ca va? " He was always grouchy and seldom acknowledged me. Later I learned that he was the Count of Paris and wannabe be king. I'm not sure if he was grouchy because of his ongoing battle with his family or my too familiar way of speaking. I'm sure if he knew who I was and my background, he would have been even angrier to have ended up next door to such a common character. Ironically, one of the friends I made was a gendarme working at the Invalides. One day he asked if I wanted to meet the President. He gave me a pass to the Coeur D'honneur and told me to put on a suit. I went there and President Mitterand went down the line of guests and shook all our hands and then went on to award medals to various people who had been in the resistance. I managed a soft " Monsier Le President" as he shook my hand and thankfully he did not ask me anything. Another person at the ceremony really set me aback- I was sure it was Charles DeGaulle, but I knew he was dead. It turned out to be his son and a spitting image of the old man. Business forced me to return to the states, but I still love that town and may yet return.
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:59 PM
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Very nice story and thanks for sharing Gippy- kind regards MO
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:38 PM
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Do you think it was hard for Prince Henri when he was refused admission in 1939 to the French Armed Forces and to the British Armed Forces?
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