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Loaded legacy: Napoléon continues to divide France, 200 years after his death

By France24
06 May 2021   |   5:04 pm
This year marks the bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death, but two centuries on, his legacy remains controversial. Was he a heroic reformer or a racist, misogynistic tyrant? While he contributed massively to the modern French state, there are also darker aspects to his legacy, such as his reintroduction of slavery to islands in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean in 1802. The debate over how and even whether to commemorate the emperor rages on in France. We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.

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