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country of citizenship: France
language of expression: French
educated at: Lycée Louis-le-Grand
award received: Commander of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the National Order of Merit, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms, Grand Prix Gobert, Pierre Lafue Prize, prix Jean-Jacques Berger
position held: president
Jean Tulard (born 22 December 1933, Paris) is a French academic and historian, specialising in the history of cinema, of the French Consulate and the First French Empire. He is a member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques since 1994.
Tulard was one of the experts involved in verifying the heart believed to be that of Louis XVII of France, actually the Dauphin of France as the heir apparent to the throne, who died in 1795 in imprisonment. Scientists using DNA samples from Queen Anne of Romania, and her brother Andre de Bourbon-Parme, maternal relatives of Louis XVII, and from a strand of Marie-Antoinette's hair, proved the young royal's identity. Historic evidence as to the location of the heart over the decades was also considered. In a summary of the investigation in 2004, Tulard wrote: "This heart is ... almost certainly that of Louis XVII. We can never be 100 per cent sure but this is about as sure as it gets".In April 2010, he became Commander of the Légion d'honneur.
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