Григорий Громов (abcdefgh) wrote,
Григорий Громов

200th anniversary ... Napoleon Bonaparte's crowning as emperor

is a reminder of ... former glory.

The Corsican, whose diminutive size belied his continental ambitions, is back in the news for the bicentennial — and the timing couldn't have been more telling for a country facing an identity crisis and searching for its role in a 25-member European Union (news - web sites) and a wider world led by the United States.

"History has been a little hard on the French lately," said Steven Englund, an American award-winning biographer of Napoleon. "And I think they're looking for reasons to celebrate their own history."

The Napoleon nostalgia underscores France's obsession with retaining its influence as a self-appointed EU leader and creating a "multipolar" world — its buzzword for a counterweight to U.S. ...

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