• I was a statesman and financier born in Geneva.
  • Initially a banker’s clerk, I moved to Paris in the 1760s.
  • I was made director of the French treasury and director-general of finances.
  • I engaged in heavy borrowing while concealing a big state deficit.
  • I was dismissed, then recalled, and dismissed again; which provoked events which lead to the storming of the Bastille.

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