Why France should bring back ‘Socialist Emperor’

Historian Dimitri Casali has launched a petition for the remains of Napoléon III to be returned to his home country. Here, he reveals more about the emperor France forgot

He was the emperor who saw the first department stores open in France, expanded the nation’s rail system, was partly responsible for the first woman to sit the bac and was behind the grand reconstruction of Paris – but today he lies forgotten in an English abbey.

The remains of Napoléon III are in a crypt in , alongside those of his wife Eugénie and son Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, an officer in the British army killed during the Zulu wars.

The sarcophagus of Emperor Napoleon III in Hampshire

Now historian Dimitri Casali has launched a petition for his remains to be returned to ...

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