No schooling overlooks the reading of his fables. Whatever the age, our paths cross, and his writings are our bible. For each and everyone, he is the country poet, the animal's friend, the botanic prince, the moralist. He is that which the story kindly tells you, but the most widely cited French poet, is in fact unknown. At the time of Fouquet, and Colbert's arrests, the new financial controller had a plan for all affairs relative to the State, and in particular those concerning artists. It was the end of sponsors, princes, and other rebels who paid artists to paint or sing their praises. Henceforth there would only be one model: Louis XIV. Each artist, under orders, no longer had access to the ever so dangerous satirical tracts of Richelieu and Mazarin. He alone had the right to praise and to extol merits. So as to regain control of politics, it's hard to do better. To finance his project, Colbert drew up a list of artists who had pensions. They are all on it. From the most glorious to the most modest. All of them. Except La Fontaine! La Fontaine /Colbert: a confrontation that would last till death!