Past historic – passé simple
Let's Define It!
What's the *past historic*?
First, a word of caution for you: never use the past historic (passé simple in French) in spoken French if you do not wish to be seen as a weirdo.
Not one French-speaking person in their right mind would ever make a sentence using the passé simple in a casual oral conversation between friends or family.
Save this tense solely for written narratives/texts such as novels, biographies, articles, speeches etc.
(Context: history magazine -- "Le jeune prince succéda au roi quand celui-ci mourut. / The young prince succeeded to the king when he died.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here is the French verb parler and finir conjugated in the past historic.