Louis, duc de Decazes

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Louis, duc Decazes

Louis-Charles-Élie-Amanien Decazes de Glücksbierg, 2nd Duke of Decazes and 2nd Duke of Glücksbierg (29 May 1819 – 16 September 1886) was a French diplomat and statesman.


Louis Decazes was born in Paris. On 3 August 1863 he married Severine Freiin von Löwenthal (8 January 1845 - La Grave, 25 September 1911). They had two children, Jean-Élie-Octave-Louis-Sévère-Amanien and Wilhelmine Egidia Octavie Decazes de Glücksbierg.

Between 29 November 1873 and 23 November 1877, Decazes served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in several monarchist governments of the Third Republic in the 1870s. In this role, he was responsible for conducting French foreign policy during the "War in Sight" crisis of 1875, when he managed to secure the support of all the other powers in protecting France from a potential German pre-emptive strike, and during the early stages of the great eastern crisis of 1875-1878.

He died at the Château de La Grave.

Political offices
Preceded by
Duc de Broglie
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Marquis de Banneville
French nobility
Preceded by
Dukes of Decazes
Succeeded by