EVERYTHING FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE
« For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoleon the Great, 17th ventôse Year VIII – Saturday 8th March 1800)
On the 15th of May 1855, His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon III, By the Grace of God and the National Will, Emperor of the French, in the presence of his wife, the empress Eugénie, inaugurated, in Paris, the universal exposition of produce of agriculture, industry, and fine arts. It was by virtue of the imperial decree of the 8th of March 1853, of which the first article orders « Article 1. A universal exhibition of agricultural and industrial produce shall open in Paris in the Palace of Industry, in the carré Marigny, on the 1st of May 1855, and will close on the 30th of September of the same year », that a great multitude of exhibitors occupied, from the 15th of May to the 15th of November, the Palace of Industry, of which 23 954 exhibitors in the industrial section, of whom 11,986 were French, in the presence of 5,162,330 visitors.
On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the inauguration of the Universal Exhibition of 1855, the Bonapartist Movement proclaims its intention to commemorate the Exhibition by giving priority, from the 15th of May to the 15th of November 2015, to agriculture, industry and commerce, and to art and culture in general, in honour of this event. We are also publishing, for our readers, the enclosed index of links to provide them further information on the story of this first grand universal exhibition of Paris, worthy successor to the great exhibitions of French industry under the Consulate and First Empire.
Faithful to our commitments, we reaffirm our demands in these three areas, and we recall, in conformity with Article II, 5° and 6° of the presidential decision of the 17th of February 2015, our combat :
We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to join us, in order to successfully pursue this necessary and salutary cause. The BM also invites you to take advantage, at leasure, of the links provided below, which offer an idea of the Exhibition of 1855.
UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION OF 1855
Exposition universelle de 1855 à Paris – Palais de l’Industrie
Article by the Fondation Napoléon
Paris universal exhibition, 1855. Catalogue of the works exhibited in the British section of the exhibition, in French and English; together with exhibitors’ prospectuses, prices current, &c
NAPOLEON THE GREAT
PROTECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND OF INDUSTRY
( PALAIS DES BEAUX ARTS, LILLE )