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Napoleon: A Classic Dictator?

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Laurent Joffrin looks at the paradoxes surrounding a man who has fascinated the French for two hundred years.

The more closely you look at the myth, the more the paradoxes mount. Napoleon was heir to the Age of the Enlightenment yet held his people in an iron grip; he was the guardian of the Revolution yet founded a dynasty. He was a despot who remains a hero to republican France.

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