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Maurepas (Municipality, Yvelines, France)

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Flag of Maurepas - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 8 September 2021

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Presentation of Maurepas

The municipality of Maurepas (17,683 inhabitants in 2019; 831 ha) is located 30 km south-west of Versailles.

Maurepas was offerred, a wooden keep included, in 768 by the Frankish king Pepin the Short to the abbey of Saint-Denis. Facing the Normans' invasions, the monks left the domain to the lords of Chevreuse. The castle and village were given to the family of Malrepast, vassals of the lords of Chevreuse, wwhohich gave their name to the village. In 1432, during the Hundred Years' War, the English conquered the village and destroyed the keep, built in the 11th century . After the war, the domain of Maurepas returned to the lords of Chevreuse, but the castle was not rebuilt.

Olivier Touzeau, 8 September 2021

Flag of Maurepas

The flag of Maurepas (photo) is white with the municipal logo, which is composed of the municipal arms, "Azure semy of quatrefoils or a canton ermine", wih a light effect from the center, and the name of the municipality above. The municipality uses the arms of the Phélypeaux family, counts of Maurepas in 1691.

From 1610 to 1781, the Phélypeaux lineage and its derived branches supplied to the King of France 11 State Secretaries, without interruption, as well as one Chancellor, one State Minister and several Commanders of Royal Orders. They are considered as the Ancient Regime's biggest ministerial lineage.
Jean-Frédaéric Phélypeaux (1701-1781) was the Secretary of State of the Navy of King Louis XV from 16 August 1723 to 23 April 1749. Over his career as administrator he held the positions of Chamberlain of the Royal Household, Minister of the Navy, and Director of the Secret Service. He enabled the French navy to regain previously lost prestige, especially by focusing on the defense of France's empire in the New World and thanks to the drastic funding increases he managed to obtain for the Navy. Removed by a coup led by Duke of Richelieu, he was exiled from Paris for an epigram targeting Madame de Pompadour, and went to Bourges and then to Pontchartrain, near Maurepas). In 1774, he was appointed Minister of State by Louis XVI, as well as Main Councillor, holding both positions until 1781.

Olivier Touzeau, 8 September 2021