History of The French Line of Succession

A history of the French line of succession, from Hugh Capet to Napoléon III, showing its state at the death of each monarch. For the current lines of succession to the French throne, see the links section below. Normally, only the first ten heirs are listed, if possible. It is notable that the dynastic principles of primogeniture in accordance with Salic Law were not deviated from between Hugh Capet's accession in 987 until the deposition of Louis XVI in 1791; every monarch of France (with the exceptions of the Napoleonic emperors) was a legitimate, agnatic male descendant of Hugh Capet.

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