après nous le déluge

après nous le déluge

Problems will happen in the future. This French phrase literally means, "After us, the flood." Attributed to both King Louis XVI and his mistress Madame de Pompadour, the phrase likely refers to (and foreshadows) the difficulties that would befall France after years of the aristocracy's lavish living. A: "Do you really have no regard for the trouble you're causing?" B: "You're overreacting. Besides, après nous le déluge."
See also: après, deluge, le