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How Molière acquired international stature?

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Representation of Molière reading his play "Tartuffe" at Ninon de Lenclos's painted by Nicolas André Monsiau in 1802. (Illustration image) © Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

By: Sébastien Jédor Follow

1622-2022: France celebrates the year Molière, born 400 years ago.

The author of Les

Femmes savantes,


Médecin spite lui

 or Le


is the most performed playwright in the world, in competition with Shakespeare.

Among the many events dedicated to Jean-Baptiste Poquelin – Molière's real name – an exhibition in Versailles, near Paris, shows how this “national glory” was put at the service of France, especially internationally.


Molière, the factory of national glory,

 exhibition visible at the Espace Richaud in Versailles, near Paris, until April 17, 2022.  


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