What does au prétexte de mean in French?

What's the meaning of the French phrase 'au prétexte de'? Here's a list of translations and example phrases.

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À Rouen, par exemple, il fut interdit dès 1520, au prétexte de « faire circuler l’air pour lutter contre la peste », plus tard un arrêt du Parlement de Normandie le proscrit pour l'ensemble de la province, mais les effets se feront attendre.
In Rouen, for example, it was forbidden as early as 1520, on the pretext of "circulating the air to fight against the plague", later a decree of the Parliament of Normandy proscribed it for the whole province, but the effects will wait.
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