Monday 12 October 2009
Step forward Jean d’Orléans, the Duke of Vendôme seeks to undo the Revolution of 1789, restore the monarchy and place him on the throne. The Duke wishes to go a giant step further by getting France to admit that the Revolution was a mistake.
In Un prince français, which reads like a manifesto, the man who would be king contends that the French Republic is inherently unstable and in urgent need of monarchical tradition. «The King, contrary to the President, is not subjected to elections», says the Duke, who descends from King Louis-Philippe III. «And that changes everything. A prince does not govern according to opinion polls, as is too often the case today. He can therefore listen to everyone, neglect no one, take advice from all and decide in all honesty, guided only by a desire for the common good.»
Prince Jean Carl Pierre Marie d’Orléans, Dauphin of France, Duke of Vendôme was born in Paris on 19 May 1965 the son of Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France, the Orléanist pretender to the French throne, and Duchess Marie Therese of Württemberg. He is in the line of succession to the French throne. He was created Duke of Vendôme on 27 September 1987 and Dauphin du Viennois on 19 June 1999. He was created Dauphin de France in 2006, bypassing his mentally disabled elder brother, Prince François, Count of Clermont, according to the website of the Orléanist French royal family.