TIL: after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, a majority in the French parliament supported the restoration of monarchy, and the Legitimists and Orléanists even managed to agree to a compromise where the childless Bourbon pretender (the comte de Chambord) would be restored first and the Orléanist pretender (the comte de Paris) would be his heir. They went ahead and offered the throne to the comte de Chambord, but the comte refused to take it unless the tricolour flag was replaced by the fleur-de-lis, which the government saw as impossible. So if the comte had just been willing to put up with a flag he didn’t like, France might have ended up as a monarchy today.
who are these "boys" / lads you speak of. do you just have a box of men in your closet that you talk to every day