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Rabelais

The English Rabelais. Swift, Sterne, and Thomas Amory have been so called. Voltaire so calls Swift. The modern Rabelais. William Maginn (1794-1842). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fabl…

Rabelais' Dodge

Rabelais one day was at a country inn, and finding he had no money to pay his score, got himself arrested as a traitor who was forming a project to poison the princes. He was immediately se…

Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande is the longtime Socialist party leader who was elected President of France in 2012. He succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy and served a 5-year term through 2017. Francois Hollande joined the …

Numa Francois MONTET

MONTET, Numa Francois, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Thibodaux, La Fourche Parish, La., September 17, 1892; attended the common schools and Louisiana State Normal College at Natchito…

Robert Francois Damiens

who attempted to assassinate Louis XV., is called “Robert the Devil.” (1714-1757.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Robert MacaireRobert A B C …

François “Papa Doc” Duvalier

François Duvalier was the notorious ruler of Haiti throughout the 1960s. François Duvalier got his start as a physician (which was the source of his nickname, "Papa Doc") who worked in the Haitian go…

Jean-François Revel 2006 Deaths

Jean-François RevelAge: 82 French philosopher and writer who contemplated subjects ranging from democracy to food and frequently railed against Europe's anti-Americanism. In his 1970 book…

Raminagobris

A cat; a vile poet. La Fontaine in several of his fables gives this name to the cat. Rabelais under this name satirises Guillaume Crétin, an old French poet in the reigns of Charles VI…

Gargantua

(g hard), according to Rabelais, was son of Grangousier and Gargamelle. Immediately he was born he cried out “Drink, drink!” so lustily that the words were heard in Beauce and B…