Does the descendant of French royal family live near Bhopal? Amazing tale of how things get strewn around in the world and make it a little more interesting! Imagine a guy from jehangirabad going to Paris and speaking to the French royalty in Bhopali accent.. hmmmm
Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon, a man with a distinct ‘Soorma Bhopali’ accent being touted as the lost descendent of France’s Bourbon kings — says he will be happy making a stake for the title but is not too keen to give up his Indian citizenship.
Balthazar, a 48-year-old lawyer and part-time farmer who lives in a nondescript bylane tucked away in Jehangirabad in Bhopal’s old quarter, will soon travel to France and Greece at the invitation of his distant cousin, Prince Michael.
In his historical novel "Le Rajah de Bourbon", Michael has claimed that Balthazar is the long-lost descendent of the Bourbon kings who ruled France from the 16th century to the French revolution.
Balthazar, who was running a high fever and hadn’t read news reports of his "changed status", told PTI, "Ever since I was a boy people have been contacting me to establish my French lineage. But this is the first time my lineage is being acknowledged in Europe.
"I am waiting for an amicable atmosphere there. I understand that a lot of people have not taken kindly to me," said Balthazar, who will take a DNA test either in France or India to prove his links to the Bourbons.
Asked what he would do if the link was proved, he said, "These are hypothetical questions. But I will continue to live here as an Indian citizen. I do not want to relocate to France or obtain French citizenship."
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