Saturday, June 09, 2007

Return of the Bonapartists?

I've just seen the news that in the forthcoming French legislative elections, the great great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte is standing. (BBC News: Napoleon runs for parliament seat) My knowledge of the convoluted history of French politics isn't good enough to recall what exactly what happened to the Bonapartists but I thought they were considered to have been the predecessors to Gaullism or something. Napoleon is running for Francois Bayrou's new party - is this a natural home? Can any readers who know better explain?

2 comments:

Richard the Lionheart said...

I know you're a Tory, but one does not actually have to stick with the party that one is "born into".

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

I am not a Tory.

And it is notable when a member of a once prominent family is active in politics, making it natural to wonder if they are in the natural home to the ideology associated with that family, especially when it was a monarchical or imperial family.

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