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Le Roi Giscard

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, 16 April 1981

La Saga des Giscard 
by Pol Bruno.
Ramsay, 264 pp., May 1980, 2 85956 185 4
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... As far back as we can go (at least according to Pol Bruno), the Giscard family seems to have belonged to the bourgeoisie of the Auvergne. In the maternal line they were businessmen, probably of peasant origin, who later became men of law. Edmond Giscard, father of the French President, ‘came up’ to Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, attended the semi-serious, semi-fashionable lectures at the École des Sciences Politiques, and then married a Mademoiselle Bardoux ...

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