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A plot deviced by Napoleon Bonaparte, if I recall correctly.

nope, that's even older :)

not to put down Napoleon though - the current German civil code (and that of many other countries as well) is still heavily influenced by the Code Napoléon :)

...AND he introduced house numbers here :grin:

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according to the German Wikipedia, the first call for compulsory education was done by Martin Luther in 1524, the first territory that followed was the (protestant) Free Imperial City of Strassburg (Strasbourg, today in France) in 1598, others followed, and eg the Prussian King Frederick William I made it a formal law in 1717

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Charlemagne (747-814) is the so called "inventor" of school in France.

[edit] Education reforms

A part of Charlemagne's success as warrior and administrator can be traced to his admiration for learning. His reign and the era it ushered in are often referred to as the Carolingian Renaissance because of the flowering of scholarship, literature, art, and architecture which characterise it. Charlemagne, brought into contact with the culture and learning of other countries (especially Visigothic Spain, Anglo-Saxon England and Lombard Italy) due to his vast conquests, greatly increased the provision of monastic schools and scriptoria (centres for book-copying) in Francia. Most of the surviving works of classical Latin were copied and preserved by Carolingian scholars. Indeed, the earliest manuscripts available for many ancient texts are Carolingian. It is almost certain that a text which survived to the Carolingian age survives still. The pan-European nature of Charlemagne's influence is indicated by the origins of many of the men who worked for him: Alcuin, an Anglo-Saxon from York; Theodulf, a Visigoth, probably from Septimania; Paul the Deacon, Lombard; Peter of Pisa and Paulinus of Aquileia, Italians; and Angilbert, Angilramm, Einhard and Waldo of Reichenau, Franks.

Charlemagne took a serious interest in scholarship, promoting the liberal arts at the court, ordering that his children and grandchildren be well-educated...

Even France Gall sang about it:

Sacré Charlemagne

Qui a eu cette idée folle

Un jour d'inventer l'école

C'est ce sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

De nous laisser dans la vie

Que les dimanches, les jeudis

C'est ce sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

Ce fils de Pépin le Bref

Nous donne beaucoup d'ennuis

Et nous avons cent griefs

Contre, contre, contre lui

Qui a eu cette idée folle

Un jour d'inventer l'école

C'est ce sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

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Leçon de français

De mathématiques

Que de que de travail

Sacré sacré sacré Charlemagne

Il aurait dû caresser

Longtemps sa barbe fleurie

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

Au lieu de nous ennuyer

Avec la géographie

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

Il n'avait qu'à s'occuper

De batailles et de chasse

Nous n'serions pas obligés

D'aller chaque jour en classe

Il faut apprendre à compter

Et faire des tas de dictées

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne

Sacré Charlemagne

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4 et 4 font 8

Leçon de français

De mathématiques

Que de que de travail

Sacré sacré sacré Charlemagne

Car sans lui dans notre vie

Y n'y aurait que des jeudis

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne

Oh Oh sacré Charlemagne...

"Sacré Charlemagne" - France Gall

Oh, what a long post... :shades:

"Sacré" means both "damned" (actually, it´s "sacred" but it is used in the opposite sense...) and it also refers to the "coronation" (le sacre)of Charlemagne.

Yes, French is an amazing language... :cool: I love it. I need it.

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While the music played you worked by candlelight

Those San Francisco nights

You were the best in town

Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl

You turned it on the world

That's when you turned the world around

Did you feel like Jesus

Did you realize

That you were a champion in their eyes

On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene

But yours was kitchen clean

Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motor home

Every A-Frame had your number on the wall

You must have had it all

You'd go to L.A. on a dare

And you'd go it alone

Could you live forever

Could you see the day

Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away

CHORUS:

Get along, get along Kid Charlemagne

Get along Kid Charlemagne

Now your patrons have all left you in the red

Your low rent friends are dead

This life can be very strange

All those dayglow freaks who used to paint the face

They've joined the human race

Some things will never change

Son you were mistaken

You are obsolete

Look at all the white men on the street

CHORUS

Clean this mess up else we'll all end up in jail

Those test tubes and the scale

Just get them all out of here

Is there gas in the car

Yes, there's gas in the car

I think the people down the hall

Know who you are

Careful what you carry

'Cause the man is wise

You are still an outlaw in their eyes

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