« The picrocholine war » of the Duke of Choiseul’s Lodge's case


The picrocholine war between the Choiseul family and the Opéra-Comique, even reported in the press, over the Duke of Choiseul’s lodge must be put into perspective in history. This dates back to the second half of the 18th century, when theatres made a major contribution to the economic prosperity of the Kingdom’s cities, Paris in particular. It was in 1781, when the Opéra-Comique troupe settle down on one of the lands of the Duke of Choiseul, that he was granted a lodge, implying an entrance fee for him and his heirs, in exchange for a contribution to the building of the new theatre. Since then, this lodge has been an important source of additional income for the Opéra-Comique, as well as raising high-society issues. Although it remains a real "family jewel", it is inaccurate to describe the Choiseul Lodge as a privilege. As the rights claimed by the Duke of Choiseul’s heirs are merely an illustration of the republican guarantee of property rights, the controversy is above all political.

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