Did Marie Antoinette really say 'let them eat cake'?

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Did Marie Antoinette really say 'let them eat cake'?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva, and since Geneva was a republic in the Swiss Confederacy, Rousseau was heavily influenced by the idea of rule by the people. His education was spotty due to a poor family life, and at the age of 13, he became an apprentice notary and engraver. At the age of 15, he ran away to Savoy, and by the age of 27, he had moved to Lyon, France as a teacher. Around this time, he became an Enlightenment political philosopher, and he mostly remembered for his political work, The Social Contract.

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It has never been proven that she uttered those words. The actual words are attributed to a work by the Frenchman, Jean Jacques Rousseau. In Book VI...

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