Insee sends census letter to Napoleon

Letter from official statistics body returned by La Poste with 'not known at this address'

Letter from official statistics body returned by La Poste with 'not known at this address - died in 1821'

FRANCE'S official census body is facing questions about the accuracy of its work - after addressing a letter to the late French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

The letter from Insee caught the attention of a post office worker in the old town of Ajaccio, Corsica.

Addressed to "Napoleon Bonaparte, 3 rue Saint-Charles, Ajaccio", the occupant at the address had returned it to La Poste with a note on the envelope reading: "Died in 1821 - please forward to Saint Peter".

The post office returned the letter to its sender, Insee in the Midi-Pyrénées, accompanied with the sticker: "Not known at this address".

Insee is France's official national statistics body, gathering a wide range of data on residents and businesses.

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