What is the meaning of "Après nous le déluge"? Thanks
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It's a famous French sentence; allegedly, this was said by Madame De Pompadour (King's Louis XIV's mistress) to her lover to comfort him after France was soundly defeated in a battle.
Its literal meaning is something like "After us, the deluge" (if you need a definition for "deluge" go here or think of Noah's deluge): she meant that everything would get worse after the reign of Louis's, but she wouldn't care about what was going to happen to French people.
Similarly, in your sentence the ruling class doesn't care about the public good.
Well, at least this is the way this sentence is used in Italian.
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