Literally, “after me, the deluge”. Attributed to French King Louis XV or his mistress Madame de Pompadour. Sometimes quoted as après nous le déluge (“after us, the deluge”).
- IPA(key): /a.pʁɛ mwa l(ə) de.lyʒ/
après moi le déluge
- Used to indicate indifference to events that will happen after one’s death, or to indicate one’s own importance in maintaining order
2011 November 21, David Gergen, “Have they gone nuts in Washington?”, in CNN.com:
- Sorry, our noble leaders tell us, we have to focus now on election 2012. What was it that Louis XV used to say? "Après moi, le déluge"?