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National theater of France. The world's longest-established national theater, it was founded in 1680 by the merger of two theatrical companies in Paris, one of them the troupe that had worked under Moliè re. The French Revolution divided the company's loyalties, and the revolution's supporters, led by F. Talma, moved to the theater's present home in 1791. The company was reconstituted in 1803. Under its rules of organization, established by Napoleon I in 1812, its members share responsibilities and profits. Its illustrious actors have included S. Bernhardt and J.-L. Barrault. The theater is known for productions of the French classics, though it also performs contemporary plays.