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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1559
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: What news? Ma foi!
The tiger has broken out of his den.
The monster was three days at sea.
The wretch has landed at Fréjus.
The Brigand has arrived at Antibes.
The Invader has reached Grenoble.
The General has entered Lyons.
Napoleon slept last night at Fontainebleau.
The Emperor proceeds to the Tuileries to-day.
His Imperial Majesty will address his loyal subjects to-morrow.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown.—Louis Cohen, Napoleonic Anecdotes, p. 229 (1925).

Taken from a skit of 1815, this purports to show how Napoleon’s return from Elba was progressively regarded in Paris.
SUBJECTS: Public opinion