Regicide and Political Chaos
Was Louis XVI a tyrant? Of course not! He was a good man, though not very politically savvy, which would aid in his downfall.
It is well-known that Louis XVI signed the Edict of Versailles, which granted religious toleration to Protestants. This edict nullified the infamous Edict of Fontainebleau, which led to many Protestants, including many intellectuals and a few military men, to leave the kingdom.
Louis XVI also ended serfdom on royal land and ended the taille, a much-hated land tax imposed on the peasantry. Louis also ended the tax exemption for the nobility and ended the corvée, a type of forced labour.
Regardless, Jacobins decried their king as a tyrant. On 21 January 1793, Louis the Martyr King was murdered. Jacobins rejoiced.
What followed, however, was the Reign of Terror, resulting in the executions of 16,000 people, 2,000 of which were in Paris alone.
This was led by the ironically named “Committee of Public Safety.” The rule of the Committee of Public Safety ended after the execution of Robespierre in 1794. The Committee would be abolished in 1795, to be replaced by the French Directory.
This led to the French Consulate, led by Napoleon as First Consul of France.
The Consulate ended on 2 December 1804, when Napoleon became “Emperor of the French.” Thus began the First French Empire, which would fall in 1814, only to be restored again in the Hundred Days. Napoleon was finally defeated at Waterloo and sent into exile on St. Helena.
The Bourbons would be re-restored after Waterloo under Louis XVIII and Charles X.
The July Monarchy would fall in the Revolution of 1848.
There was a short-lived Second Republic, which was overthrown in an auto-coup by Napoleon III in the Second French Empire.
Division and Dissatisfaction
We see today what the Fifth Republic looks like. One unpopular president follows another. France has an elected head of state, a politician, one who is divisive. It is the nature of politics to be divisive. That is the problem with the Republic.
France is not some nation born to be a republic. It is true that the Fifth Republic, with its strong presidency, is better than the Fourth Republic. But the president is still a politician.
France was, and by all rights ought to be, a kingdom. Restoration of the rightful king, Jean IV, is the proper solution for bringing France out of the gutter of politics.
France desperately needs, and deserves, a head of state above the fray of politics. France needs a head of state who did not get his position on some quest for power. A king, of course, is born into it. He does not search for it.
This is the obvious solution: a head of state not dependant on the will of political factions, one who does not thirst for power. For, as we all know, it is the nature of politics to attract the power-hungry. And those who rise to the top are so often the most cunning and hungry of all.
France needs her king.
Vive le Roi Jean IV !