19th century:

§712 MacMahon, partisan of the Tricolor, checked the restoration of the monarchy in White (6) (1873.11.20): VI-54.



At daybreak at the second crowing of the cock,

Those of Tunis, of Fez, and of Bugia:

By the Arabs captive the Maroccan King,

The year a thousand six hundred and seven, of Liturgy.

(Au poinct du jour au second chant du coq,

Ceulx de Tunes, de Fez, & de Bugie:

Par les Arabes captif le Roy Maroq,

L'an mil six cens & sept, de Liturgie.)


NOTES: The theme of this mysterious quatrain could be detected by Vignois (1910, p.355) as « the vote of the Septennate (November 20th 1873) ».

At daybreak at the second crowing of the cock, Those of Tunis, of Fez, and of Bugia: By the Arabs captive the Maroccan King: « The vote of the Septennate, proposed in a session of night, reminded us of this word of Jesus to Peter: “ At daybreak at the second crowing of a cock you shall have denied me three times.”(cf. Mark, XIV, 30) As the divine Master, delivered by the ingratitude of Judas, to accomplish the prophecy, to a small group of soldiers with arms and lanterns, the Count of Chambord saw against him those to whom his ancestors, among other benefits, had opened Africa; he was not recognized as king of fleur-de-lis by those surnamed Africans, because of their relations with Arabs. The Orleans combatted in Africa, and MacMahon, soldier in Algeria, governor of the Arabs, has his odyssey…» (Vignois, id.)

At daybreak: When the Royalists began to use their majority of the National Assembly to effect the restoration of the monarchy of the Bourbons symbolized by the Sun-King in May 1873 (cf. Seignobos, 1921b, p.319).

At the second crowing of the cock: When the problem of the national standard [suggested by the crested cock] began to be debated [crowing] among the Royalists in 1873 for the second time: « The princes of the Orleans and the majority of the Assembly accepted the fusion; nothing remained  but to make decide for it the chief of the elder branch, the Count of Chambord. He had returned to France, but incognito, and had announced to the chiefs of the Royalist commission his intention of publishing a manifesto about the question of the standard, which had been in 1850 the principal obstacle to the fusion.» (Seignobos, 1921b, p.320; cf. Seignobos, 1921a, p.188-190).

Those of Tunis, of Fez, and of Bugia: The three names of African cities connote the French people because Algeria containing Bugia began to be conquered by them in 1830, Tunisia implied by Tunis is to be so in 1883 and Morocco of Fez is to become a French protectorate in 1912 (cf. Williams, 1968, p.162, p.328 and p.438). Then, the phrase: Those of Tunis, of Fez, and of Bugia can designate the French, especially the different parties of the National Assembly, more or less friendly to the government of MacMahon, as three different African places are more or less penetrated by the French.

The Arabs: = The Orleans: « Algeria. Algiers, a base for ‘Barbary Pirates’ from the sixteenth century, was seized by French troops to avenge a national insult on July 5th, 1830. The Algerians (under Abd-el-Kadar) resisted until 1845, many of France’s victories being won by Orleanist princes.» (Palmer, p.10).

The Maroccan King: = President Marshal of MacMahon, « Mar- » and  « Ma- » of Maroccan, distinct from a real name Moroccan, smartly indicating « Mar- » of Marshal and  the double « Ma- » of MacMahon. Besides, MacMahon has a career in army in Algeria: « Macmahon, Patrice (1808-93, created Marshal of France 1859, Duke of Magenta 1859-70, President of France 1873-9), descendant of an Irish soldier who settled in France after 1688; entered the Army under Charles X and served in Algeria, always remaining at heart a supporter of the Bourbons. His military reputation was made, however, under the Second Empire; he distinguished himself in the Cremea in 1855 by capturing and holding Malakoff Fort and was the victor of Magenta in 1859. After serving as Governor-General of Algeria, he returned to France in 1870, was defeated at Wört and wounded and captured at Sedan. On repatriation, he commanded the troops  that suppressed the Commune in 1871. Two years later he was elected President of the Republic by a predominantly royalist assembly which hoped that he would achieve a restoration of the monarchy…»  (Palmer, p.172-173).

By the Arabs captive the Maroccan King: = The Maroccan King [being] captive by the Arabs: President MacMahon made himself guided as to material administrative matters in presidency by the Orleanist chiefs, especially by the Duke of Broglie, his Prime Minister: « MacMahon, originally legitimist, was disposed to conduct himself as parliamentary chief of State. But, timid and modest, he felt himself ignorant, and left his ministers to manage the affairs. The power passed to the chief of the coalition, the Duke of Broglie, an Orleanist who had refused to join the Empire. Nominated vice-President of the Council, he instantly formed a ministry with Orleanists, two Legitimists and a minister of the Empire, Magne (for the Finances).» (Seignobos, 1921b, p.361)

« The Orleanist chiefs could not want the return of a king accustomed to see in them his adversaries, irresistibly disposed to keep them off the power and prefer his legitimist partisans to them. They kept to the parliamentary regime and to the Tricolor, and could not but dread a Prince avowedly devoted to the personal government and to the white standard. The duke of Broglie, president of the Council, and Buffet, president of the Assembly, appealed to their functions to keep off… In case of the failure, the Orleanist chiefs had their solution ready, the prolongation of the powers of the Marshal MacMahon, under a provisory regime which should reserve their future.» (Seignobos, 1921b, p.366).

« MacMahon and Broglie could rely upon the simple and obstinate character of Chambord often revealed in his manifestos and letters (cf. Seignobos, 1921b, p.320-321, p.341, p.347, p.367, p.369 and p.374) in order to bring about by design the abortion of the restoration of the Monarchy in White, which they could not prefer before any regime in Tricolor, by means of imposing the Tricolor upon him, which was a kind of murder, a suffocation of the political life of the Count of Chambord (cf. id., p.366-368 and p.369-370). « The Prince sent his confident to MacMahon. MacMahon replied that his honor forbade him to enter secret conferences; the Assembly had wanted to restore the monarchy, but since the letter of the Prince, it judged its return impossible; this situation imposed on him new obligations he refused to betray. Chambord was grieved by this refusal which deprived him of all means of taking action.» (Seignobos, id., p.376).

The year a thousand six hundred and seven, of Liturgy: This expression refers to the quatrain VIII-71 (§242), where the same expression: L'an mil six cens & sept (The year a thousand six hundred and seven) designates as a cipher, hinting approximately the year of the invention of telescope by Lippersheim in 1608 and its application by Galilei in 1609 (cf. Asimov, 1996, p.98-99), Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) who is one of those who shall not be secured (ne seront asseurez) by the Sacred Congregation of Roman Inquisition (par sacre glomes) in 1633.

This case of Galilei is eminently analogous to that of the Count of Chambord because their supposed protectors, namely the Roman Pontiff Urban VIII with Galilei and the President of France MacMahon with Chambord were to be contrary to their expectation of approving them with personal authority in theology and in politics, respectively.

The Pope (1623-1644), having been very friendly to Galilei when a cardinal (Maffeo Barberini: 1568-1644), was not to be the same as chief of the Church under the massive pressure of Dominican and Jesuitic ecclesiastics persistently disavowing the Copernican system (cf. Noda, 1982, p.303-311), and in parallel, the President, always legitimist at heart, could not choose but decide to adopt the Tricolor under the overwhelming pressure of his military career and of his Orleanist surroundings.

In the end, the Count of Chambord was not secured by the National Assembly (congregation), which voted the Septennate:

« The Orleanist chiefs were prepared for the failure of the restoration, and probably they desired it; they at once took their measures to keep indefinitely the provisory regime and the government of the conservative party… There remained none other but the solution prepared by de Broglie, a prolongation of the powers of MacMahon, sufficiently long to combat with authority against the radicals… But, the hazard gave the majority of 8 against 7  to the republicans in the allotment of bureau of the commission. The Left Center declared itself ready to extend the Presidency, but “ in tying tight the law of prolongation to the prompt organization of the Public Powers.” The prolongation, instead of perpetuating the provisory, would serve to found the Republic.» (Seignobos, id., p.375-376).

« The commission, modifying the proposition, reduced the prolongation to five years starting from the next legislation, and created a commission of 30 members nominated in the bureau to examine constitutional laws. The report, drafted by Laboulaye, of the Left Center, admirer of the United States, declared in favor of the Republic: “ It is by virtue of the monarchy that you desired to obtain a constitutional government. The monarchy has subsided, but, this government you desired, we believe that you can have it no less surely under the republican form. There is no other solution today.”» (Seignobos, 1921b, p.376-377).

« The government accepted a compromise: the prolongation of the powers for seven years starting from the vote of the law, with the title of President of the Republic, and a commission of 30 members, but elected by voting for candidates on a party list, so as to secure a monarchical majority. These concessions, presented as counter-project by the minority of the commission were announced to the Assembly by a message (November 17th) that demanded the immediate vote as mark of confidence. In the public discussion (November 18th-19th), the appeal to the people was rejected by 492 votes against 38, and the counter-project voted by 383 votes against 317; a part of the Left Center [those of Fez], to consolidate the Republic, voted with the Rights [those of Bugie]. The extreme Right [those of Tunis], after a discourse of Broglie who promised the neutrality, voted the prolongation, except 7 members who abstained. The duration of seven years, the septennate, became a constitutional law that could be modified no more by the ordinary legislative procedure. This law remains the first foundation of the actual Constitution of France [as of 1921]. As a work of a monarchic majority, it gives the President a duration of powers longer than in any other Republic of the world.» (Seignobos, id., p.377).


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Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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