The story of Marie-Antoinette’s necklace stolen by Assane in Lupine is inspired by a real story, having been the subject of a huge scandal in 1785.
If you have already watched all 5 episodes of Lupine and that you are impatient to discover the rest, know that part 2 is already shot! We must therefore expect a release within a few weeks, or even a few months at most. Those who have seen the first episodes will know that the whole story of Assane Diop (Omar Sy) revolves around the necklace of Marie-Antoinette, belonging to the wealthy Pelligrini family in the series. If the story of the jewel is purely fictitious in Lupine, Marie-Antoinette’s precious ornament really existed in the 1700s and ended up at the heart of a dark affair of fraud. We tell you.
Initially, King Louis XV wanted to offer the most beautiful of gifts to his courtesan Madame du Barry. To make an exceptional necklace, he called on the two best jewelers in Paris, namely Böhmer and Bassenge. These two men, although delighted with such a request, could not afford to produce the raw material necessary to create a jewelry of such value. They then went into debt to design the necklace, but before they even had time to finish it and get paid, Louis XV died.. The jewelers therefore tried to resell the necklace to Louis XVI; the sovereign wanting to offer it as a present to Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately, the latter refused the gift, so the jewelers were once again penniless.
The latter then hastened to find a ruse to directly convince Marie-Antoinette to buy them the jewelry personally, but it is obviously not the most accessible person in the world! This is where Cardinal Louis-René de Rohan comes into play, just thanked by the Queen. He tried at all costs to find his place in the castle but did not yet know how … Luckily, Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy – who poses as the Countess of La Motte – a supposed friend of Marie-Antoinette, offered to help him. She explained to the cardinal that she wanted to buy the necklace to give it to the queen, but was unable to make the purchase herself. The poor man was not suspicious and agreed to advance him the sum. He therefore signed the drafts, gave the necklace to Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, who then fled before reselling the stones in various countries around the world. Never seeing the payments arrive, the jewelers went to explain themselves to the court; then discovering with amazement that the queen was not aware of this story. The cardinal was imprisoned and then released after his trial, while the Comtesse de La Motte and her accomplices were captured, branded with the V of thieves and spent the rest of their lives in prison. A story as astounding as the twists and turns seen in Lupine, of which here are the 3 intrigues that we would like to discover in the sequel!