A French clergyman and statesman, the cardinal-duc de Richelieu (1585-1642) was the first to employ the concept of ‘raison d’Etat’ (reason of the State) as system of governance. As King Louis XIII’s ‘premier ministre’ (Prime Minister), he is regarded as being one of the founding fathers of modern state in France. Infamous for his firm hand, his action would lead to consolidate royal power and crush domestic factions.
Talk in French by Patrick Landri
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