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Charles Gravier, count de Vergennes (1719–1787), was the French foreign minister who successfully advocated for an alliance with the rebellious colonies during the American Revolution. He rallied French support by pointing to the Revolution as an opportunity to avenge Great Britain’s treatment of France in the Seven Years’ War. He gained the approval of King Louis XVI in 1776. Vergennes negotiated an alliance with the colonies in 1778, which led to France’s declaration of war against Great Britain.