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Intendants

 

officials in 17th- and 18th-century France invested with judicial, police, financial, and partial military power. They were appointed by the king for a fixed term and were an instrument of the feudal absolutist government in centralizing the country, ensuring the payment of taxes, suppressing popular movements, and combatting separatism in several of the provinces. The intendants supplanted such old local officials as governors and treasurers and restricted the activity of the provincial parliaments. The office was abolished in 1789 and much of its power was given to the system of prefects.

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The decree adds that they will proceed to invite the commission to the Congress of Intendants, the Trade Union of Newspaper and Magazine Sellers and the Association of Newspapers and Newspapers of Uruguay, as well as any other public or private organization deemed relevant.
This text described the legal role of the Cabildo as, "only to give its advice to those who have the supreme authority, and it has neither power nor competence to order or determine or put into execution its opinion or deliberations, but has to refer all these to the corregidor [local-level official]" (Lynch, "Intendants" 141).
The intendants' trumped-up claims to tax the allods forced the Dijonnais avocats not only to do research but to celebrate what was, for them, a living feudal jurisprudence.
More than 2.5 million voters were required by law to go to the polls to elect intendants and Juntas Deparamentales, or 31-members departmental councils.
Tocqueville argued that the central government, working through the intendants, had extended its tentacles so thoroughly over the countryside that nobles and well-to-do commoners no longer played a role in the administration of communities.
In the period on which this volume concentrates, the four intendants of commerce were particularly influential.
These powerful seigneurs had no ambitions to hold judicial or administrative positions, whether as secretaries of state, intendants or judges, and it was the new robe families that served in this capacity.
Reporting on the success of their actions to Bolivar, the intendants and commanding generals had some discordant observations in their accounts.
He recalled the agreements reached unanimously in 2005, in 2010 and in 2015 between the national government and the Congress of Intendants regarding the distribution of resources.
[beaucoup moins que] Une note, recue aujourd'hui, permettra de regulariser la situation de 830 fonctionnaires (enseignants et intendants) du secteur de l'education qui ont accede a une promotion [beaucoup plus grand que], a declare Mme Benghebrit a la presse, en marge d'une ceremonie organisee en l'honneur de Kheira Si Yakoub en tant que meilleur arbitre international de boxe en 2015.
However, under both Richelieu and his successor Cardinal Mazarin, royal intendants assumed a greater role in local administration, thereby contributing to a decline in the authority of some provincial estates.
Adams's real contribution is in his tracing of a national debate, involving royal intendants and regional parlements, local administrators and the republic of letters.