Did Marie Antoinette Ever Say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

Did Marie Antoinette Ever Say "Let Them Eat Cake"?

One legend has it, that Marie Antoinette shouted "let them eat cake" as she was forced to the guillotine by a mob of starving French peasants. Another version has it that when she heard the people were starving from a lack of bread, she said "Let them eat cake." The saying "Let them eat cake" was first written by the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his autobiography "Confessions."

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake." (0:00)

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    The saying "Let them eat cake" was first written and published by the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau in his autobiography "Confessions." (0:39)

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    Near the end of her life, Marie Antoinette had her son taken from her and "retrained" with the ideals of revolutionists. (7:25)

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