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World Bicentennial of the death of Napoleon: What political sense to Macron's commemorations?

10:45  04 may  2021
10:45  04 may  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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The head of state will go Wednesday to the Institut de France to participate in the commemorations of the bicentennial of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. A ceremony that, in the image of the Emperor, divides the political class for two centuries, and asks the question of the political meaning of this event wanted by Emmanuel Macron.

Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron will mark the 200th birthday of Napoleon death with a speech in which he will "look in the face" the legacy left by the emperor, at the same time admired and controversial in the story of France. Commemorations that fall into the memorial project of the Head of State and his promise made for Napoleon, as before for Algeria or Rwanda .

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"Emmanuel Macron does not shuffle", pleads one of his loved ones. The head of state will travel in the afternoon at the Institut de France to participate in a ceremony with academicians and high school students. He will speak after a presentation of the historian Jean Tulard, one of Napoleon's best experts in France.

Le chef de l'Etat se rendra mercredi à l'Institut de France pour participer aux commémorations du bicentenaire de la mort de Napoleon Bonaparte. Une cérémonie qui, à l'image de l'Empereur, divise la classe politique depuis deux siècles, et pose la question du sens politique de cet évènement voulu par Emmanuel Macron. © Bertrand Guay / AFP / Pool The head of state will go Wednesday to the Institute of France to participate in the commemorations of the bicentennial of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. A ceremony that, in the image of the Emperor, divides the political class for two centuries, and asks the question of the political meaning of this event wanted by Emmanuel Macron.

will follow a more solemn sequence with the filing of a wreath of flowers at the foot of the tomb of the Emperor, under the dome of the invalids, where Emmanuel Macron will be surrounded by the Minister of Armies Florence Parly, the Chief of Staff Armies François Lecoinere and Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, member of the illustrious family. By marking this anniversary, Emmanuel Macron "does not escape," says the Elysee, while his predecessors had been cautious on this file.

The divided political class

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dead on May 5, 1821 in exile on the British Island of St. Hélène, Napoleon remains an extremely controversial figure for his action during the fifteen years he exercised the power between 1799 and 1815. And the Elysee has obviously seen the political risk of this date. An important advisor tries to dedicate in advance, explaining that "commemorating is not celebrating", and promising a speech "or hagiographic, nor in denial, nor in repentance."

But once these principles are posed, we can not ignore the polemics around Napoleon. Because his figure has been dividing the political class for two centuries. The right regularly rents its inheritance and chief figure, when the left emphasizes his authoritarianism and his decision to restore slavery.

Keep "The best of the Emperor"

Then Emmanuel Macron have political messages to get through this event? A hypothesis that his entourage denies, simply affirming that the Republic

has kept "the best of the emperor" .

But as to cultivate a "at the same time" memorial, the Elysee suggests that it is not excluded that Emmanuel Macron also commemorates the 150 years of the commune of Paris, after Napoleon. As if right and left had to be entitled to their commemoration.

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