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Did Marie Antoinette really say ‘Let them eat cake’? – Livescience.com

No, it was part of a concerted and sexist effort by revolutionaries to undermine the queen.

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Did Marie Antoinette really utter the infamous words, “Let them eat cake”?
The quick answer to this question is a simple “no.” Marie Antoinette, the last pre-revolutionary queen of France, did not say “Let them eat cake” when confronted with news that Parisian peasants were so desperately poor they couldn’t afford bread. The better question, perhaps, is: Why do we think she said it? 
For background, the quote has been slightly exaggerated in its translation from French to English. Originally, Marie…

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