Arthur Baligot de Beyne – un collaborateur français du prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza
Cuvinte-cheie: Arthur Baligot de Beyne, “La Presse d’Orient”, “Le Courrier d’Orient”, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, propaganda, press.
Autor: Marinela NECOLAU
The period of Cuza’s reign has been particularly marked by extensive collaboration with the Frenchman Arthur Baligot de Beyne. He managed to get the attention of the Romanians since the revolution of 1848, when Baligot helped our intellectuals, Vasile Alecsandri and Costache Negri, who travelled to Paris in order to lead a revival of interest campaign for the principalities. Baligot de Beyne had an increased attachment for the Romanian case showing a pro-Romanian attitude. While he was in Constantinople during his work as Chancellor of the Turkish Embassy in Paris, the French diplomat published a journal, “La Presse d’Orient” and he often wrote there articles favourable to us. All these actions bring him to the attention of the leader Alexandru Ioan Cuza, on the recommendation of his noble friends Alecsandri and Negri. The French diplomat was first used for certain missions to Constantinople and Paris and then the leader hired him as a secretary in 1862; he was maintained in this job and he served Cuza with skill and dedication until the end of his life.