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Les fausses morts du Roi-Soleil, ou l’impossible contrôle de l’information

Abstract : From the very beginning of Louis XIV’s seven-decade-long reign, fake news about the state of his health repeatedly circulated. Such a recurrence of spurious information can partly be explained by the general suspicion against the two official newspapers of the time, La Gazette and Le Mercure Galant. However, by trying to read between the lines of the official press, foreign journalists and gossip-mongering nouvellistes often contributed to creating even more fraudulent information. Hence rumors, sometimes downright outlandish, circulated virally from word of mouth or via the press, from the French Court to Paris and from there to foreign capitals, acquiring the status of alternative facts.
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Alexis Lévrier. Les fausses morts du Roi-Soleil, ou l’impossible contrôle de l’information. Le Temps des médias. Revue d’histoire, Nouveau Monde Editions, 2018, La fausse information de la Gazette à Twitter, 30 (1), pp.32-46. ⟨10.3917/tdm.030.0032⟩. ⟨hal-02900257⟩



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