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Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Prince of Talleyrand

French laicised bishop, politician, diplomat. Worked for successive French governments, mostly as foreign minister. He was Napoleon’s chief diplomat, working for peace in order to consolidate France’s gains. When Napoleon fell in 1814, Talleyrand took charge of the Bourbon restoration based on the principle of legitimacy. At the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815), he negotiated a favourable settlement for France.

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