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Voltaire was one of the greatest of the Enlightenment philosophers, and his voice and values remain a vital presence in European culture today. It is the mission of the Voltaire Foundation to promote and explore these values.

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D’Éon vs Rousseau: Gender, slavery and the unique self

Virtually everything about the Chevalier d’Éon’s life was extraordinary. However, far more remarkable than all of this is the fact that, aged forty-nine, the Chevalier began a new life as a woman.

Natalia Elaguina décorée

Madame Natalia Elaguina a été décorée de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres au grade de chevalier le 18 novembre dernier au Consulat général de France à Saint-Pétersbourg. L’équipe de la Voltaire Foundation lui adresse toutes ses félicitations.

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