During the French Revolution, revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) remarked that he felt France was more advanced than any other nation on Earth. How many years ahead of the rest of humankind did Robespierre consider France?

Answer: No less than 2,000 years ahead. In the same speech he observed that the French were even now potentially “a different species”.

Source: France – 1814-1914 by Robert Tombs

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