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Francia; Un bienfait n'est jamais perdu
Le jeudi 31 mars 1814, la population de Paris s'entassait sur le passage d'un trange cortge. Le tsar Alexandre, ayant sa droite le roi de Prusse et sa gauche le prince de Schwarzenberg, reprsentant de l'empereur d'Autriche, s'avanait lentement cheval, suivi d'un brillant tat-major et d'une escorte de cinquante mille hommes d'lite, travers le faubourg Saint-Martin. Le tsar tait calme en apparence. Il jouait un grand rle, celui de vainqueur magnanime, et il le jouait bien. Son escorte tait grave, ses soldats majestueux. La foule tait muette. C'est qu'au lendemain d'un hroque combat des dernires lgions de l'empire, on avait abandonn et livr la partie gnreuse de la population l'humiliante clmence du vainqueur. C'est que, comme toujours, en refusant au peuple le droit et les moyens de se dfendre lui-mme, en se mfiant de lui, en lui refusant des armes, on s'tait perdu. Son silence fut donc sa seule protestation, sa tristesse fut sa seule gloire. Au moins celle-l reste pure dans le souvenir de ceux qui ont vu ces choses. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 15397
Author: Sand, George
Release Date: Mar 17, 2005
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