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More nuggets from Caulaincourtís 1813 papers

The day after the reply to the Frankfurt proposals was sent, Napoleon summoned Caulaincourt again and ordered him to negotiate Talleyrandís return to the ministry. He laid down two stipulations: Talleyrand should separate not only from his shady entourage, but also from his wife. Mme de Talleyrand was a woman of flexible virtue, whose scandalous past had embarrassed the diplomatic corps when her husband had previously been foreign minister. However, repudiating her in this way would be a deep personal humiliation for Talleyrand, and he firmly refused to do so. When Caulaincourt reported this, Napoleonís response was terse: "Between her and me, France and a whore, the choice shouldnít be difficult!"

Price, Munro (2014-08-04). Napoleon: The End of Glory (Kindle Locations 3538-3543). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

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