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During the reign of Louis XIII, France saw a growing concentration of power in the hands of the monarch, thanks in large part to the efforts of Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu helped weaken the power of French Protestants and thus strengthen the power of the Catholic Church. He also sought to strengthen France's power in international relations.
In the years before Louis XIV took power, France was at times in a bit of chaos. There were rebellions by the nobles who wanted to take more power for themselves. France was being run by a regent because Louis was too young and it was while the regent was ruling that the rebellion (called the Fronde) broke out.
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