François de Clermont-Tonnerre

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François de Clermont-Tonnerre

François de Clermont-Tonnerre, comte de Noyon (1629 – 15 February 1701) was a French bishop of Noyon. He was a Pair de France, counsilor of state and became president of the assembly of the clergy in 1685. He also wrote some religious works.

He replaced Barbier d'Aucour at the Académie française at was summoned to the court of Louis XIV, who wanted to amuse himself about his excessive vanity. Clermont-Tonnerre founded a prize for poetry of 3,000 Francs, whose topic was always to be an eloge on Louis XIV and his deeds.