a controversial figure in the political class

Emmanuel Macron’s decision to commemorate the bicentenary of the emperor’s death has stirred up old debates in the political class.

Should we commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Iis? Emmanuel Macron ended up responding in the affirmative by announcing his choice belatedly, as the figure of the Emperor of the French remains controversial. The presidential approach will not come under the«hagiographie», nor the «repentance», no more than one “Anachronistic reading” of the story, wishes to warn those around him, aware of the perilous nature of the exercise.

Despite these precautions, the initiative awakened old debates in the political class, around the results of the “Napoleon years”, from 1799 to 1815. On the memorial battlefield, theater of French passions, the right – including part of the troops still claims to have a “Bonapartist” current, attached to the figure of the “leader” – praises the builder of the modern state and the military, symbol of the “greatness of France”. When voices on the left blame an autocratic leader and instigator of the reestablishment of slavery, more than they recognize

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