An item referred to the German magazine Schiffbau reported that the French minister of navy (1) stated in the French parliament that within the cabinet heavily was discussed about the turbine issue for the new 18.000 tons battleships.(2) At last was decided to choose for the type of the Condorcet (3) and Voltaire.(4)
1. Or Augustus Manuel Hubert Gaston Boué de Lapeyrère (18 January 1852 Castéra-Lectourois, France-17 February 1924 Pau, France), admiral, minister between 24 July 1909-2 March 1911 or Théophile Delcassé (1 March 1852 Pamiers, France-22 February 1923 Nice, France), minister between 2 March 1911-21 January 1913.
4. The Courbet-class consisting of the Courbet, France, Jean Bart and Paris, preceded by the Danton-class and succeeded by the Bretagne-class, built between 1910-1914, with a displacement of 23.475 (standard-(25.579 (full load) tons. Machinery consisted of 4-shaft Parsons direct-drive steam turbines and 24 boilers delivering 28.000ihp.
3. Laid down by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire, France on 23 August 1907, launched on 20 April 1910, commissioned on 25 July 1911 and broken up which was completed around 1949. Machinery consisted of 4 Parsons steam direct-drive turbines and 26 Niclausse boilers delivering 22.500shp. Of the Danton-class.
4. Laid down by FC de la Méditerranée, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France on 20 July 1907, launched on 16 January 1909, completed on 1 August 1911 and sold to be broken up in December 1949. Machinery consisted of 4 Parsons steam direct-drive turbines and 26 Belleville boilers delivering 22.500shp. Of the Danton-class.