Jean-François de La Clue-Sabran

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Jean-François de La Clue-Sabran (30 September 1696 - 4 October 1764) was a French Admiral best known for his command of the French fleet in the Mediterranean Sea during the Seven Years' War.

Seven Years War[edit]

After attempting to sail to the relief of Louisbourg in 1758 he was trapped in the neutral Spanish harbour of Cartagena. Following the Battle of Cartagena La Clue returned to Toulon, abandoning his attempt to relieve Louisbourg.

In 1759 as part of a French plan to invade the British Isles La Clue sailed from Toulon hoping to escape through the Strait of Gibraltar and join with the other main French fleet at Brest. He was caught by a patrolling British fleet under Edward Boscawen and defeated at the Battle of Lagos off Portugal. The battle, along with the Battle of Quiberon Bay later in the year, ended any immediate chance of a successful French invasion.


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