Roi fainéant is a French language phrase meaning "do nothing king". French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people It is primarily used to refer to the later kings of the Merovingian and Carolingian dynasties, after they seemed to have lost their initial energy. The Merovingians (also Merovings) were a Salian Frankish dynasty that came to rule the Franks in a region (known as Francia in Latin The Carolingian dynasty (known variously as the Carlovingians, Carolings, or Karlings) was a Frankish noble family with its origins in the They were considered "useless" by Carolingian and even early modern historians, though current historical opinion is more nuanced.
Sigebert III is sometimes accredited the first roi fainéant of the Merovingian dynasty. Sigebert III (c 630&ndash656/660 was the king of Austrasia from 634 to his death probably on 1 February 656, or maybe as late as 660 The last Carolingians' effective rule was often limited to the region around Laon and they were sometimes derisively referred to as "Kings of Laon". Laon (lɑ̃ is a city and commune in Picardie in northern France, préfecture (capital} of the Aisne department Louis V of France was nicknamed le Fainéant ("the Do-Nothing"). Louis V (c 967 – 21 May 987) called the Indolent or the Sluggard (from French Louis le Fainéant, meaning "Louis