The Cavendish Affair (1944-45) was a conspiracy and scandal that took place over a span of fourteen months. Several bankers, clergymen, and other elites conspired to orchestrate a coup d’etat in Paris, with the ultimate goal of abolishing the newly independent Fourth Republic of France and restoring a Capetian dynasty to power in France. It involved the grandson of the unfortunate Valentine King Louis XVII Catalan Giöxe Grimaldi, Papal bishop Theodoro Almeida of Galicia, Prime Minister of Great Britain William Cavendish, the Quebecqer noble the Count of Soissons, Russian asset Isabelle Milhaude, and numerous others.
It had numerous repercussions. Notable members of the Banks of England, of Saint George, and of Providence were found to be corrupt, elitist, and engaged in quid pro quo with senior politicians in France, New France, Britain, and other countries. Catalan G. Grimaldi has also been charged with the murder of his associate and political ally Guillame Fayette in Madeira and several counts of financial fraud, effectively destroying the prestige of the tarnished Grimaldi family.
Globally, anti-Genoese sentiment has been on the rise. Many political groups have taken advantage of the situation, intentionally conflating corruption in the Genoese Bank of Saint George with the Jewish financiers of Europe and northern America, leading to an unexpected surge in anti-Jewish sentiment as well. The Association of North American Nations had also decided to strengthen its anti-Atlanticist policies in the aftermath of the scandal, with the nation of New France finally breaking all political ties with the elites of Paris.
The Affair also had catastrophic effects on France, with the elections of 1949 and the events of 1950 being some of the most dramatic moments in 20th century French history.