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Noble having sex with French philosopher (7)

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I believe the answer is:

vicomte

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Here is my best explanation:

'noble' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'sex with french philosopher' is the wordplay.
'sex' becomes 'vi' ('sex' is Latin for 'six' or VI in Roman numerals).
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'french philosopher' becomes 'comte' (I've seen this before. I am not sure about the 'french' bit.**).
'vi'+'comte'='VICOMTE'

'having' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for vicomte that I've seen before include "Foreign nobleman", "French nobleman" and "Noble".)

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