While Emmanuel Macron must travel this May 5 memorial path in Paris, many right-wing politicians have also paid tribute to the memory of Napoleon, while criticizing the lukewarmness of the President of the Republic.
Throughout the afternoon of May 5, Emmanuel Macron will walk a memorial journey in Paris for the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death. A commemoration that some right-wing politicians consider insufficient, while they pay tribute to the one who was the Emperor of the French.
The president of the National Rally (RN) Marine Le Pen thus placed a wreath on Place Vendôme, in Paris, at the foot of the statue of Napoleon located at the top of the famous column. She paid homage to the one who “devoted his final words to the French whom he had so loved, and so imperiously served”.
🇫🇷 Place Vendôme this morning, I paid homage to Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French who, in his last breath on May 5, 1821, devoted his final words to the French whom he had so loved and so imperiously served.#Bicentenary#Napoleonpic.twitter.com/82FOgjJZcR
– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 5, 2021
The vice-president of RN Jordan Bardella for his part considered that “France and its State [avaient] an immense debt towards Napoleon, whose heritage founded the modern state ”. “The ‘deconstructors’ want the end of the history of France. On the contrary, we must honor it, teach it and pass it on, ”he said.
France and its State owe an immense debt to #Napoleon, whose heritage is the foundation of the modern state. The deconstructors want the end of the history of France. On the contrary, we must honor it, teach it and pass it on. pic.twitter.com/FREKDhs17B
– Jordan Bardella (@J_Bardella) May 5, 2021
The MEP and head of the RN list in the PACA region Thierry Mariani also criticized the “” deconstruction “of our history desired by Macron”, considering that he provided a “minimum service to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon “. “Long live the Emperor!” Concluded the former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy.
Minimum service to celebrate the bicentenary of the death of #Napoleon 🤦♂️
The business of “deconstruction” of our history desired by Macron is sneakily put in place ….
So, even if it displeases him: on May 5, Vive l’Empereur! https://t.co/ILE5rcFOD4
– Thierry MARIANI (@ThierryMARIANI) May 5, 2021
“Directly from the Invalides, unfairly closed to the French and their representatives who want to celebrate one of the heroes of French history. When some want to deconstruct it, others have done it. Let us be proud of our past and of this Napoleonic heritage which is still very much alive ”, declared the deputy of Essonne and president of Debout la France Nicolas Dupont Aignan, who paid his tribute in company several LR senators and the Vaucluse deputy Julien Aubert.
Direct from the Invalides, unfairly closed to the French and their representatives who want to celebrate one of the heroes of French history. When some want to deconstruct it, others have done it. Let’s be proud of our past and of this Napoleonic heritage that is still alive and well. pic.twitter.com/UGPmJlHmRb
– N. Dupont-Aignan (@dupontaignan) May 5, 2021
At Les Républicains (LR), the deputy of Vaucluse Julien Aubert, who was also present, accused Emmanuel Macron to celebrate the bicentenary “on the sly”, criticizing the will of the Head of State to “deconstruct Napoleon”. “I am proud to have Napoleon in my history because the world envies Napoleon”, also declared the PACA regional advisor.
Senator LR Stéphane Piednoir for his part recalled that “Napoleon’s heritage is immense for France: high schools, major state bodies and civil code among others”.
200 years after his death in Saint Helena, the legacy of #Napoleon is immense for France: high schools, large state bodies and civil code among others. The commemoration at the Invalides was essential for this monument of our history.
– Stéphane Piednoir (@StephPiednoir) May 5, 2021
The president of the Patriots Florian Philippot also went to the Invalides, accompanied by activists carrying a banner on which was inscribed “Long live Napoleon, long live France”. The former MEP felt that it was necessary to “take Napoleon like a breath”, he being “probably the most admired Frenchman”. “Napoleon, it is heroism, it is courage, it is greatness”, declared Florian Philippot, before concluding his intervention by quoting Victor Hugo who asked: “You do not admire Napoleon? But who do you admire? ”
The mayor of Béziers Robert Ménard declared that Napoleon was “France, immense, luminous, ambitious, powerful” and that he “will forever remain one of our greatest heroes”. His wife Emmanuelle Ménard, Member of Parliament for Hérault, valued that Napoleon was “gigantic in our time”. “What did we do with his French dream?” She asked.