France 2 is offering this Tuesday evening, November 29, an unpublished docu-fiction devoted to Louis XVI, the man who did not want to be king. Louis Auguste, Duke of Berry, was not destined to reign. When he took the throne, Louis, 19, was already married to Marie-Antoinette. But behind the brilliant image that Versailles presents, the reality is darker. The people are suffering and the country is in crisis ...
More concerned than these predecessors for the well-being of his people, Louis XVI, with the help of Turgot and Necker, will try to initiate some reforms. Some, related to the rights of persons, will succeed: abolition of torture and serfdom in the royal domain, rights of Protestants ... Tax reforms will come up against fierce resistance from a nobility which clings to its privileges. . Facing from the day after the American War of Independence a serious economic crisis which will turn into a major social crisis, Louis XVI and the old regime will finally be carried away by the Revolution.
A captivating docu-fiction whose basic subject, the crisis which struck the kingdom, finds an astonishing resonance in the news.
Louis XVI, the man who did not want to be king. Tuesday, November 29 at 8:35 p.m. in France. Follow-up at 22:05 to the replay of the docu-fiction Versailles, a king's dream.