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  • n. grandson of Louis XIV and king of France from 1715 to 1774 who led France into the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War (1710-1774)


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  • "Louis XV," comments the author of "France Under Louis XV," "was not a man that sought relief from ceremony and adulation in any useful work; but, on the other hand, this dull grandeur was not dear to his heart; he did not derive from it the majestic satisfaction that it furnished to his predecessor.

    The Story of Versailles

  • But John Law, the 18th-century Scottish economist who served as finance minister for Louis XV in France, not only imagined this particular innovation but also implemented it for the king—with disastrously inflationary results.

    How the Dollar Rules by Fiat

  • In 1771, the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1732-1806 was commissioned to create four large canvases as decorations for a room in a pleasure pavilion being built for the Comtesse du Barry, the mistress of Louis XV.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • However, downsizing in the age of Louis XV hardly meant doing without.

    With All the Time in the World

  • No less than the great Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire is summoned to defend the cult of luxury that defined the age of Louis XV 1723-74, whose opulent material culture offers food for thought beyond the decadence traditionally perceived by historians and perpetuated in the period's mythology.

    With All the Time in the World

  • Ducasse, who like many in his tax bracket has taken citizenship in Monaco, is the first chef to earn three Michelin stars in three different cities, including three for his Louis XV restaurant in the principality.

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  • In a few seconds, my telephone rings (it will be my cell phone calling me, in this case at my home landline) and when I answer, an operator (OK, so it's not Jane Barbe live) recording says: "Please wait, your call is being connected," and the phone rings at mama's, who picks up her black Olivetti or the gold (think Louis XV) phone - or the B&O Beocom.

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  • The members of the Geodesic Mission later joined by Spaniards traveling separately were charged by Louis XV with bringing back from South America one single number considered so important that France was eager to invest millions of francs to obtain it.

    An Expedition Without End

  • In Europe, he guided Britain through various alliances to contain Louis XV and, at times, Frederick the Great of Prussia George II's nephew.

    The Crossover King

  • He puts his restaurants in three categories, saying Louis XV in Monaco and Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée in Paris are like haute couture, while the restaurant in London's Dorchester Hotel, Beige in Tokyo's Chanel and Adour in New York are "ready to wear" and the remainder are bistros and contemporary restaurants.

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