apres moi le deluge

After me, the flood.

Was it Louis XV or XIV, I’ve seen both?

What is the real meaning behind the words? Is it like “screw the future?” or what?

I can’t remember which said it, but I always interpreted it as meaning that once he’s gone, everything will go to hell. Kind of an “I’m the one holding this whole place together” train of thought.

It’s variously attributed to either Louis XV, or his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

Louis XIV’s notable quotation was, “L’etat, c’est moi.”

It is generally attributed to Louis XV. It was, at least, definitely said by John Barrymore in the film Marie Antoinette.

The context in which Barrymore (as Louis XV) said it reflects the interpretation which is generally given to the remark. He meant that things were holding together okay for now, but somewhere down the road things were really going to hit the fan.

And my understanding is that the point was he didn’t really care that things were going to hit the fan, as long as he had his fun now and didn’t have to deal with it.