Monday, 13 August 2018

Monaco noble claims millions from France over royal 'trick'

A French-born aristocrat has asked the French state to pay him €351m (£314m; $401m) in damages, alleging that it tricked his relatives out of succeeding to the throne of Monaco.

Count Louis de Causans, 44, says that early in the 20th Century France changed the succession rules to thwart a German claim to the throne.

Mr de Causans told the French daily Le Parisien that it was a matter of family honour to rectify the "trickery".

Prince Albert II rules Monaco today.

In a video broadcast by Le Parisien (in French), Mr de Causans said "I want the truth to come out - I want reparation for the injustice done to my family by France".
He stressed that his dispute was with France, not with Prince Albert.

His lawyer, Jean-Marc Descoubès, told the BBC that "on 2 July this year we asked the foreign ministry to pay compensation to my client". The ministry has two months to accept or reject the request, so the deadline is 2 September.

"If the government refuses we will sue it in court," he explained.

Mr de Causans, who lives in Paris, says he is a direct descendant of Honoré III, who ruled the tiny Mediterranean principality in 1733-1793. The royal family are known as the House of Grimaldi.

The claim centres around Prince Louis II, who reigned in 1922-1949. He was a bachelor, without any legitimate royal heir, and therefore under the original inheritance rules he was ineligible to reign.

Mr de Causans maintains that under these rules his own branch of the Grimaldi family should have succeeded to the throne instead.

BBC      News.

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