Why does the King tell Laertes about a Frenchman name Lamord on page97?

Act IV sceneVii

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Claudius is trying to convince Laertes to fight Hamlet in a fencing match. Claudius makes up stories about the famous Lamord who, Claudius claims, voiced his admiration of Laertes' fencing skill. This of course is just a lie to convince young Laertes to fight Hamlet.