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Re: clio authentique, problem fitting brake shoes

Unless you are changing them, there is never a need to remove bleed nipples, they loosen to let fluid out, tighten to seal.

By loosening them (or removing) you have opened the circuit and fluid should try to escape... it doesn't always flood out, depends on the system specifics. The first thing to escape will be air.
Fluid following up will fill the gap and go somewhat towards bleeding, hence the stiffer pedal.

Get the master cylinder out of your mind.
Sorry to be blunt but the symptoms are normal to the job not being done properly, not malfunction of the vehicle.

Try one of the easy bleed kits I linked to on ebay , doesn't need to be the expensive power type.
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