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François-Joseph-Michel Noël


  1. Magasin encyclopédique journalist
  2. Nouvelle géographie universelle, descriptive, historique, industrielle et commerciale des quatre parties du monde translation translator


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Noël was a prize-winning scholarship student who studied at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand with Maximilien Robespierre and Camille Desmoulins, before becoming a professor there. He translated Catullus and Gallus amongst others, and was the author of a number of school-books including a classic on French grammar.

When revolution broke out he resigned from his ecclesiastical post and became a journalist on the Chronique de Paris and the Magasin encyclopédique from 1791-92, before joining the Ministry of War and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Lebrun-Tondu, where he was charged with a series of diplomatic missions to London, then Venice and the Hague as France's ambassador.