Rue Maurepas

P1015286 (FILEminimizer)Count Maurepas was Louis XVI’s most important minister, yet the street existed well over a hundred years before him — back then it was just a narrow little passage. On one occasion the Sun King’s carriage was blocked there by a wagon whose owner complained that the contraption would fall apart, if he were to try pulling over. “Please, let me pass!” he begged. “Do you realize that I am carrying the King?” asked the King’s driver. “Yes,” answered the man, “but I am still begging you let me go first, for the fact that you are carrying the King will not change anything in the deplorable state of my transport!”

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