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MMDE: Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake'

Current: Marie Antoinette never said 'Let them eat cake' 

At some point in 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) is reported to have said, 'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche', which translates as 'Let them eat cake.' Did this really happen, or is it a false memory attributed to The Mandela Effect?

It was supposed to have been said during a famine which took place during the reign of her husband, Louis XVI. The staple diet of the people at the time was bread, and she is reported to have said it when hearing of a national shortage. 

Of course this quote carried a huge symbolic meaning during the coming revolution, which makes it suspicious before any arguments against it ever being said are made at all. 

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche”

The actual meaning is intended as an insult. The way it goes it, the Queen hears the peasants, who live mainly have bread, have none, so she's trying to be clever and funny by saying "Well, let them eat cake then".  The obvious aloofness light this portrays her in is certainly very disagreeable to her, but the the anti-Royal majority of French people at the time it's the sort of thing which would be seized upon as further evidence the monarchy is bad.