PLOUGUERN (M. DE) was a member of the Chamber of Deputies during the
reign of Louis Philippe. After the Revolution of February, 1848, he
manifested a sudden affection for the Republic, and later, when the
Emperor granted him the refuge of the Senate, he was a Bonapartist. He
was a man of high birth and breeding, and though a sceptic, defended
religion and family life. During a journey in Italy he met Comtesse
Balbi, whose lover he remained for thirty years. According to some,
Clorinde Balbi was his daughter. Son Excellence Eugene Rougon.