UNION DE CEUX QUI LUTTENT CONTRE LA MISERE (Union of those who Combat Poverty)

« For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoleon the Great, 1800)


20th Octobre 2011, Paris.

    You will find enclosed the plan of the greatest humanitarian project of all time. If it is great by its scale, it is also great by its simplicity, which ensures the speed of its execution and its efficiency. « To bring together the efforts of those who aid and assist the homeless in such a way as to favour the reintegration of the latter into society, by directing mobile aid to converge on fixed bases to allow access in a given place to medical aid, to clothing, to personal hygiene, to food, to training and employment and to accomodation », everywhere and in all countries, is what necessity and common sense demand to ensure the accompaniment of those in need and to put an end to segregation born of poverty and of structures disconnected from each other and destined only to « deserving cases ». Equality in dignity is no more reserved for those who have a roof over their heads than the principle of equality in rights before the law is reserved for those of fixed abode. And yet the principles engraved in the Universal Declaration of 1948 as in the Napoleonic Code since its first edition in 1804 are too often trampled underfoot by the forgetting of (or contempt for) the rights and duties of each, or by the weakness and corruption of governments, synonymous with senseless reductions in welfare budgets.

That is why we find a precedent in the welfare administrations and the social programme and policy of Napoleon the Great and of his nephew, Napoleon III. Our counter attack against pauperism constitutes, on this anniversary of the victory of Ulm, the continuation of this policy by individuals, associations and the services of the State, and a proportional answer to the current crisis. It represents also (outside of Romania, where his successful defence of the creation of a Romanian nation state is remembered with gratitude, and in Acadia and Farnborough, where his generosity and compassion are not forgotten) the civil commemoration that was lacking to complete the religious and military honours rendered to Napoleon III, and to his son, Napoleon IV.

By the present letter we call on all to unite their efforts in a spirit of fraternity – the Union of those who Combat Poverty, (ULM in French), and ask you to receive our best wishes.

Paul-Napoléon Calland

3, rue du Point du Jour
54210 Saint-Nicolas-de-Port


« For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoleon the Great, 1800)

(Union of those who Combat Poverty)

Aim : « To bring together the efforts of those who aid and assist the homeless in such a way as to favour the reintegration of the latter into society, by directing mobile aid to converge on fixed bases to allow access in a given place to medical aid, to clothing, to personal hygiene, to food, to training and employment and to accomodation »,

« Today »

Currently there are many structures to aid the homeless. But there does not yet exist an organisation or a State programme to coordinate these efforts in order to ensure :

1/ The accompaniment of those in need
2/ A welfare administration on a human scale – the dispersion of services and shelters etc obliges the homeless to travel long distances to find accomodation for the night, to wash, to find food…
3/ A single point of call built in to « normal » services, allowing access to healthcare, to food etc.

These measures as a whole, which are necessary not only to the survival of people, but also respect for their dignity, entail a large-scale programme unifying « the efforts of individuals, associations and services of the State. » (quotation from the Mission statement of the Bonapartist Movement).

This is why, in conformity with the objectives of the Bonapartist Movement, and to the elements quoted hereafter, we call on individuals, associations and the representatives and structures of the State, in order that they unite to successfully wage war without quarter on poverty.

« Tomorrow » : The ULM plan. – Union de ceux qui Luttent contre la Misère
(Union of those who Combat Poverty)

1/ To bring together different forms of mobile aid by directing them to fixed bases, in order to favour the creation of a system of a « single point of call » (see below), in conformity with the mission statement of the Bonapartist Movement.

2/ A single point of call in each immovable aid centre to provide access to services and aid :

– Food aid
– Clothing
– Accomodation : 1/Temporary accomodation  2/ Rented accomodation
– Employment
– Personal hygiene
– Medical aid

3/ This plan takes its name from :

– i) its acronymn
– ii) the strategy employed in October 1805 to win the victory of Ulm, which liberated the Duchy of Bavaria, ally of France, from Austrian occupation. This strategy is also the model of that of this project.

4/ It takes its inspiration from the social policy and welfare policy put in place by Napoleon the Great and Napoleon III.

– The general system of « a single point of call » combined with a nation-wide programme of aid to those in need, is a renewal of the imperial welfare offices.
– This system, which centralises, on a human scale, « the efforts of associations, individuals and services of the State », gives back their importance to the départements and communes (equivalent to counties and municipalities in most English-speaking countries), administrative areas designed to allow the State to better serve the needs of those it administers.
– This general system aims thus to move aid from individuals, associations and the State closer to those in need, whereas in the current state of affairs, it is those who have the least who are asked to move closer to aid, by making the journeys that seperate the different centres.
– In the name of the Indivisibility of the Republic in particular, and the equality in dignity and in rights proclaimed by the Declaration of the Rights (and Duties) of Man and of the Citizen, we defend the principle that homeless people must not be treated as a seperate « caste ». The aid brought to them must be organised by the competent organisations, but these must not become « street agencies », whence follows the importance of calling on the same services afforded to other members of society and the implementing of a complete accompaniment by the existing social and medical services.


Saint-Cloud, 1st Septembre 1807

« Mendicity [begging] is an object of the utmost importance. […] It would be a mistake to believe that there are only workhouses of this kind known to the Government, there are several whose creation is due to the activity and industry of individuals. It would also be an error to envisage this question other than on the grand scale. » (NAPOLEON THE GREAT)

Fontainebleau, 14th November 1807
To Monsieur Cretet, minister of the Interior


« […] I have made the glory of my reign to consist in changing the face of the territory of my empire. The execution of these great works is as vital to the interests of my peoples as to my own satisfaction.

I also accord great importance and a great idea of glory to the destruction of mendicity [begging]. The funds are not lacking, but it seems to me that all that advances slowly, and yet the years pass. We must not pass over this Earth without leaving behind traces that recall our memory for posterity. I am going to be absent for a month, see to it that on the 15th of December you may be ready to answer all the related questions, that you have examined them in detail, in order that I can, by a general decree, deal the death blow to mendicity. You must, before the 15th of December, find, in the quarter of the reserve and in the funds of the municipalities, the funds necessary for the maintenance of sixty to a hundred houses for the eradication of mendicity. Let the places where they will be established be designated, and the regulations matured. Do not ask me for another three or four months to gather information. You have young auditors, intelligent prefects, learned engineers of bridges and roads, set all of them to work, and do not fall asleep in your ordinary office work.

It is also imperative that at the same period everything relative to the administration of public works be matured and foreseen, in order that we may prepare everything so that at the start of the fair season France will present the spectacle of a country without beggars, and where all the population is in motion to beautify and to make productive our immense territory. »



« … The Napoleonic Idea is not a warlike ideal, but a social, industrious, commercial and humanitarian idea. If for some men she appears still surrounded by the thunder of combat, it is because in effect she was too long enveloped by the smoke of cannons and the dust of battles. But today the clouds have blown away, and we can see, through the glory of arms, a civil glory, greater still and more lasting.”

Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoléon III), Idées Napoléoniennes, 1839.

In Le Moniteur at the beginning of 1855 –

« Paris, 31st of December 1854
REPORT TO THE EMPEROR [His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon III, emperor of the French]

To encourage and to honour those who dedicate themselves to reducing the suffering of the less fortunate is also a means to help the poor. The hospice commissions and welfare offices count a great number of these good people whose unassuming but untiring devotion is almost unknown, except to the poor and to God. Your Majesty wishes, by decorating the two longest-serving of these noble servants of public charity, to give to all a resounding acknowledgement of the thanks of the Emperor and of the country. I have therefore, on your orders, inscribed their names in a special decree. Both have been members of the welfare administrations since 1804, and fifty years of constant and unpaid service have neither cooled their zeal nor exhausted their devotion.

I am, with the deepest respect,


Your Majesty’s most humble, most obedient and faithful subject,

The Minister Secretary of State of the Interior,



« Napoleon the Great and Napoleon III always made the welfare of the people their priority. Napoleon ensured a minimum wage by banning employers from lowering wages, in exchange for maintaining the Le Chapelier laws of 1791 that banned strikes and corporations. He also maintained the price of food (bread in particular) at a level affordable for even the poorest. Following riots after bad harvests in 1812, not only did he send troops to protect the bakers, he also organised two million rations of soup. He advanced money from his own pocket to allow employers in Lyons to pay their workers during the winter of 1806 – 1807, and for those of Amiens in 1811.

In 1809 Napoleon also created the first State approved retirement pension funds and insurance funds for accidents. In 1806 he created the Councils of prud’hommes, establishing conciliation as the principle by which disputes between employers and employees would henceforth be settled. In 1811 he created the Paris fire brigade, and in 1813 forbade child labour in mines. He also supported mutual aid associations, ancestors of our unions and mutual aid societies, developed later by his nephew, Napoleon III…

Napoleon III, for his part, extended his uncle’s system of retirement pension funds, revived insurance funds for accidents, maintained a maximum price for bread until 1853, depenalised strikes, opened the process of participation of employees in the profits, capital and management of businesses. He is also one of the inventors of margarine, because he launched the research for a cheaper form of “butter”. Furthermore, he organised soup kitchens, doubled the State budget for welfare… »

Excerpt from the article « Yesterday! Today! Tomorrow! » (« Hier! Aujourd’hui! Demain! »), by Paul-Napoléon Calland, President of the Bonapartist Movement.


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JOURNAL OFFICIEL DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE 6 février 2010 1016 - * Déclaration à la préfecture de Meurthe-et-Moselle. MOUVEMENT BONAPARTISTE Objet : défendre, faire connaître et étendre les principes et valeurs du Bonapartisme. Il s’appuie sur l’adhésion populaire à une politique de redressement conjuguant les efforts des particuliers, associations et services de l’État. Le mouvement défend les principes bonapartistes sur lesquels il est fondé, et qui régissent son fonctionnement intérieur. Il défend également la mémoire de Napoléon le Grand, ainsi que celle de Napoléon III et de leurs fils, Napoléon II et Napoléon IV. Il reconnait Napoléon IV comme ayant régné sans avoir gouverné, en vertu du plébiscite de mai 1870. Le mouvement ne reconnait pas d’empereur après 1879, en vertu de l’absence de plébiscite. Républicain, il privilégie le bonheur, les intérêts et la gloire des peuples, et n’envisage de rétablissement de l’Empire que si les fondements en sont républicains et le régime approuvé par voie référendaire.
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    6th of February 2010
    1016 – *Declaration at the prefecture of [the département] of Meurthe-et-Moselle.

    Mission statement : to defend, make known and to spread the principles and values of Bonapartism. [The movement] is based on popular support for a policy of recovery combining the efforts of individuals, associations and State services. The movement defends the Bonapartist principles on which it is founded, and which govern its internal organisation. It also defends the memory of Napoleon the Great, as well as those of Napoleon III and their sons, Napoleon II and Napoleon IV. It recognises Napoleon IV as having reigned without governing, by virtue of the plebiscite of May 1870. The movement recognises no emperor after 1879, because of the absence of a plebiscite. Republican, it gives priority to the happiness, interest and glory of peoples, and envisages the restoration of the Empire only if the foundations of the regime are republican and approved by referendum.


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