The article below was translated from German.It was published in 1933 or 1934.
Inheritance in the millions from the time of the thirty year old war.
A process that took three hundred years.
Paris, November 12. In the province of Champagne in Northerly France, lies the small town of Montreuil sous Rois. Not different from any other provincial town in France; simple and easy going, a day for say sameness. Nothing pointed to the fact that Montreuil should become famous. Some time ago some of the citizens filed a million (franc) suit with the attorney Gamier against France. Since this time Montreuil has become the talk of all the fashionable boulevards in the town of the Seine. The pros and cons of this suit is widely discussed.
Some lucky person wanders unknowingly through Europe.
This million law suit has a colorful history, some few hundred years back. In the year 1580 in Chateau Thiery lived a Franz Theiry with his wife Franziska, nee Bricot. This union produced a son, Jean, who's life had interesting ups and downs. Jean was a no good do nothing, up to the age of 18 when he decided to go traveling. His travels led through Europe and landed after three or four years in Brescia, Italy. He hired himself out as a waiter in a well known tavern which catered to many elegant travelers who took room and board.
The merchant from the East.
A regular guest was the Greek merchant, Anastasio Tipaldi. He befriended the young, brash man. After a few months the merchant wanted to adopt Jean. Without further ado Jean agreed and became over night a rich man. Since the merchant did not have natural children, Jean would inherit all. Tipaldi died in 1636 and left to Jean eight hundred thousand venetian taler, fifty thousand French louisdors, several houses and a large estate in Venice. Who, however, thought that Jean Tipaldi, alias Thiery would lead a life of luxury was disappointed. With the guidance of the merchant he had become a careful merchant himself. Years after year he let the money work and amassed further wealth. When Jean Tipaldi died in 1654 in his villa in Korfu, he left 57 million francs behind, naming his relatives in the Champagne and their descendants his beneficiaries.
General Bonaparte's Venetian spoils of war.
This vast fortune was never paid to the relatives. It is assumed that this is due to the confusion of the thirty year old war in which all of Europe was involved. In any case, for three hundred years since the time of death generation after generation has attempted to cash in the inheritance without much result. Probably because no one knew who and how to go about it Now with the lawyer Gamier in the picture the family Thiery has apparently found a way. Mr .Gamier claims that France is at fault for obstructing due course because of whatever happened during the conquest of Venice by General Bonaparte in 1797. During that time all assets, liquid assets, property etc. were claimed by Bonaparte and incorporated into the coffers of France. These assets and properties include the properties of Jean Tipaldi.
Gamier now claims that Bonaparte was actually the unwilling executor for France. However, the French statesman who is involved with the Thiery inheritance claims that the General acted with absolute power of attorney in the name of France and that the spoils of war from the past do not qualify as a course of due process in the present. Napoleons Venetian spoils of would therefore the rightfully belonging to France.
This basically is the current status and depicts the suit filed. It is certain that the battle will continue for some years to come. After all the French budget cannot afford to payout 57 million francs plus interest, which made the inheritance grow by a few more millions.