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you know is really the home of the American public, of the United
States, because it was here that Franklin came to get funds for the
support of the Revolutionary War, and the French finally did spend
about 240 million dollars, according to Jefferson, on helping us in
the war. And Jefferson also wrote that once the French were in, our
success was assured, and it -- really, without the French I doubt that
the colonie could have made it independently, I don't think anyone
thinks so, do you?
It was a tremendous help.
Anyway Versailles has been ravaged over the years, furniture
sold and taken away.
You mean this is the main palace?
The main palace, yes. And is the curator of
it and has made a great effort to restore part of it to its former
glory. So after struggling about getting funds for it, we finally got a
tax-free foundation established, with great difficulty, because it
was in a foreign country.
This is an offshoot of the Lasker Fondation, is it?
Well, it's not an offshoot, it's just an effort of mine.
A personal effort, yes.
The foundation is under French law?
No. The Chateau of course is in France, but it's an American
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