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Latest update : 2016-11-20

Video: Napoleon, the rise and fall of a military genius

FRANCE 24 brings you a special programme devoted to the myth and legends surrouding Napoleon Bonaparte.

Although the French emperor may have left behind him the image of a bloodthirsty tyrant, he was admired as much as he was feared for his military genius, with his wars and campaigns studied at military schools worldwide to this very day.

FRANCE 24 takes a look at why for many he remains a hero, despite his historic defeat at Waterloo.

We also look at Napoleon's rich legacy, the influence of which is still evident in everything from France's laws to its architecture.

Finally, we examine the final years of his life, when he was inprisoned on the British island of Saint Helena.

With thanks to Musée de l'Armée and Musée Carnavalet.

By Georges YAZBECK , Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Tom BURGES WATSON

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2018-06-22 Jeanne LAVENANT

Let's become French!

In this week's edition of France in Focus, we examine the process of becoming French. We take you to a naturalisation ceremony at the Pantheon in Paris, where we meet some of...

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2018-06-15 Jeanne LAVENANT

The Jewish community's place in French society

France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. But their quest for a place in French society has been a turbulent one. In some towns, the Jewish population has been...

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2018-06-08 Jeanne LAVENANT

Standing the test of time: Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

In this week's edition, we're at one of the most visited places in the French capital: Notre Dame de Paris. We show you around this magnificent Gothic cathedral and tell you...

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2018-06-01 Jeanne LAVENANT

Drinking water: What goes down the drain?

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2018-05-18 Jeanne LAVENANT

French and noble in 2018: What remains of France's aristocracy?

This week we're at the Château de Courson, a stunning 17th-century property. It's the perfect backdrop for this week's show because we're talking about the French nobility. It's...

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