If the Napoleonic Vosges association warns that one of its representatives will be present for the ceremony in Paris, it will meet with members in the Vosges at Sainte-Hélène near Rambervillers this Wednesday, May 5. She intends to make her “Vive l’Empereur” heard.

On a Wednesday, May 5, 200 years ago, Napoleon would die in exile on the British island of Saint Helena.

The Association of the Napoleonic Vosges, which brings together nearly 1,000 members, is organizing a “symbolic” commemoration this Wednesday, May 5 in Sainte-Hélène … in the Vosges, near Rambervillers. During this “imperial” homage, mass, wreath laying on the graves of veterans.

At 5:49 pm, precise, “exact time of Napoleon’s death”, a minute of silence will be observed. Then the members of the Vosges association plan to “launch this cry which for more than two centuries has united the Napoleonic peoples of France and the world: Vive l’Empereur”.

A representative of the Napoleonic Vosges will also be present during the Parisian ceremonies. The Head of State will go this Wednesday afternoon to the Institut de France to participate in a ceremony with academics and high school students. “To commemorate is not to celebrate,” the Elysee Palace said to Agence France Presse on Monday, May 3, the executive being anxious to clear up the controversy over the merits of highlighting this character.

Napoleon remains an extremely controversial figure in the history of France for his action during the fifteen years in which he exercised power, between 1799 and 1815.

The Minister in charge of Equality between women and men, Elisabeth Moreno, recently criticized him for having been a “great misogynist” and for having “re-established slavery” in 1802 when it had been abolished in 1794, five years after the Revolution. Napoleon is also remembered as a warlord who sacrificed the lives of hundreds of thousands of men during his numerous military campaigns.

For François Schnebelen, a Thionville doctor now retired and passionate about the character since childhood, criticisms of Napoleon must be put in their context: “Misogyny, sexism, at the time, that did not exist. There are many works which even tend to show the contrary.

We must remember that Napoleon was a man of openness, he brought together all the cults

At the same time, he is celebrated as the visionary leader who knew how to lay the foundations of the modern State with the Civil Code, promulgated in 1804, the prefectural, the major bodies or the grandes écoles.

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Ref: https://www.francebleu.fr