Photographer's Note

On September 5th 1661 at Vaux the château and its garden stood still. Fouquet was in Nante accompanying the young King Louis XIV (born Sept. 5, 1638, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, died Sept. 1, 1715, Versailles), king of France (1643-1715) while on duty. Towards noon of this day by the personal order of the king, Fouquet was suddenly arrested in Nante by a captain of the Musketeers, Charles d’Artagnan (1611-25 June 1673). The arrest was not made either at Vaux or Saint- Mandé. Fouquet had his secondary residence where he also held overwhelming popularity. As you might have noticed, September 5th is the birthday of the king himself. His display of hatred and his cruel attitude towards Fouquet can well be seen. Charles d’Artagnan was a very close and personal friend of Fouquet. And the king was also well aware of the fact. Subsequently Fouquet was brought back to Paris and was imprisoned at the Bastille during his trial, which lasted for three years. The night before the arrest of Fouquet d’Artagnan was seen crying, torn between his duty and his friendship towards Fouquet. During the course of his trial, the French public as well as many of his personal friends remained sympathetic with him. The popularity and compassion manifested towards Nicolas Fouquet has not tarnished to this day. Finally at the end of his trial, Fouquet was sentenced to exile, but the young king was still not satisfied by the outcome of the trial. He ordered to change the sentence to imprisonment for life.

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