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Necker

[ nek-er; French ne-ker ]
/ ˈnɛk ər; French nɛˈkɛr /
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noun
Jacques [zhahk], /ʒɑk/, 1732–1804, French statesman, born in Switzerland.
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Necker
/ (ˈnɛkə, French nɛkɛr) /

noun
Jacques (ʒak). 1732–1804, French financier and statesman, born in Switzerland; finance minister of France (1777–81; 1788–90). He attempted to reform the fiscal system and in 1789 he recommended summoning the States General. His subsequent dismissal was one of the causes of the storming of the Bastille (1789)
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