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Rousseau, Jean Jacques
(1712-1778) A French social philosopher and writer (of Swiss origins), who in his sixth book "Confessions", published posthumously in 1782; - gave Marie Antoinette the lines "let them eat cake".
It"s unlikely she ever said the words, and if she did, the word "croissant" not cake was most probably used, as she introduced these pastries to France on becoming queen. See 'Marie Antoinette'