To photoshop lads!

So, how about David Cameron as Marie Antoinette saying \”Let them eat fruitcake\”?

From the comments by Stevo.

11 thoughts on “To photoshop lads!”

  1. The “let them eat cake” has been as misunderstood as Thatchers comments on society.

    In C18th Paris if the bakers had run out of bread they could be forced by the relevant authorities to sell “cake” to the poor at normal bread prices.

    Hence when Antoinette heard there were riots due to bread shortages she suggested the “cake rule” should be announced.

  2. Shinsei>

    Surely there was no flour, so no cake either? That’s what I always understood to be the point.

  3. All the history books say that there is no proof that she actually said it. It is attributed to a Spanish princess 100 years before Marie’s time.

  4. Dave: What Shinsei1967 is referring to is a common belief that French law at the time instituted price controls on basic bread to make it affordable to the poor. Then as now, this led to many bakeries using their flour for higher margin luxury breads, such as brioche. Then as now, this led to the authorities instituting a rule that said if a bakery ran out of the cheap price-controlled bread, then they must sell brioche for the same price. Thus, the quote “let them eat brioche” is saying “if the bakeries are out of basic bread, then let them purchase fancy bread at the same low price, as per the law”.

    It’s a lovely story, but sadly unsubstantiated. Nobody seems able to find a cite for the law, or even agree on what exactly it said, when it was passed, who it applied to, etc.

    However, as SadButMadLad sort of says, what is clear is that Marie Antoinette certainly never said any such thing. The original attribution was that a “great princess” had said it, but it was written when Antoinette was six, and entirely unknown in France. From context it was almost certainly made up, and even if not, nobody thought or claimed it referred to Antoinette until long after her death. (Plus, Antoinette wouldn’t have said that. Letters to her family showed her attitude to bread shortages among the masses was one of understanding and sympathy.)

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