Après nous le déluge
"Après nous, le déluge" ("After us, the deluge") is a French expression, attributed to Madame de Pompadour, the lover of King Louis XV of France. An alternative form, attributed to Louis himself, is "Après moi, le déluge" ("After me, comes the flood"). The saying came after the Battle of Rossbach in 1757, which was disastrous for the French.
The expression has two possible meanings: 'After me, the deluge will come,' asserting that if the revolution ended his reign, the nation would be plunged into chaos; or 'After me, let the deluge come,' implying "I don't care what happens after I'm gone."
The phrase is prominently featured in the Regina Spektor song "Après Moi".
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- Laguna, Gabriel (January 13, 2006). "The Expression 'Après moi le déluge', and Its Classical Antecedents". Tradición Clásica.[self-published source]