Calonne sentence example
- Marie Antoinette then obtained that ascendancy over her husband which was partly responsible for the extravagance of the ministry of Calonne, and brought on the Revolution by the resulting financial embarrassment.'
- In the terrible crisis of affairs preceding the French Revolution, when minister after minister tried in vain to replenish the exhausted royal treasury and was dismissed for want of success, Calonne was summoned to take the general control of affairs.
- Turgot and Necker had attempted these reforms, and Calonne attributed their failure to the malevolent criticism of the parlements.
- Calonne, angered, printed his reports and so alienated the court.
- Calonne soon afterwards passed over to England, and during his residence there kept up a polemical correspondence with Necker on the finances.Advertisement
- Under Calonne he became councillor of state, and was appointed commissary-general of commerce.
- He became an influential advocate in the parlement, becoming prominent in opposition to the ministers Calonne and Lomenie de Brienne.
- In the summer of 1791 he despatched his son to Coblenz to give advice to the royalist exiles, then under the direction of Calonne, and to report to him at Beaconsfield their disposition and prospects.
- In 1781 he became chief of the council of finance, and in 1783 he supported the nomination of Calonne as controller general.
- But neither Necker nor his wife cared to remain out of office, and in 1787 Necker was banished by "lettre de cachet" 40 leagues from Paris for attacking Calonne.Advertisement
- It was Madame de Polignac who obtained the appointment of Calonne as controller-general of the finances,' and who succeeded Madame de Guemenee as "governess of the children of France" after the bankruptcy of the prince de Guemenee in 1782.4 Again, in response to Mercy and Joseph II.'s urgent representations, Marie Antoinette exerted herself on behalf of Austria in the affairs of the opening of the Scheldt (1783-1784) and the exchange of Bavaria (1785), in which, though she failed to provoke active interference on the part of France, she succeeded in obtaining the payment of considerable indemnities to Austria, a fact which led to the popular legend of her having sent millions to Austria, and aroused much indignation against her.
- The joy was general in Paris, where Calonne, accused of wishing to augment the imposts, was known as "Monsieur Deficit."
- Joly de Fleury and DOrmesson, Neckers successors, pushed their narrow spirit of reaction and the temerity of their inexperience to the furthest limit; but the reaction which reinforced the privileged classes was not sufficient to fill the coffers of the treasury, and Marie Antoinette, who seemed gifted with a fatal perversity of instinct, confided the finances of the kingdom to Calonne, an upper-class official and a veritable Cagliostro of finance.