EVERYTHING FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE
« For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoleon the Great, 17th of Ventôse Year VIII – Saturday 8th March 1800)
Napoleon the Great’s Proclamation to the French People
on the occasion of His Second Abdication, June 22, 1815.
The Elysée Palace, 22nd of June 1815
In the beginning of the war for national independence, I relied on the union of all efforts, of all wills, and the support of all the national authorities. I had reason to hope for success, and I braved all the declarations of the powers against me. Circumstances appear to have changed. I offer myself in sacrifice to the hatred of the enemies of France. May they prove sincere in their declarations, and to have, in truth, only harboured grievances against my person.
My political life is terminated, and I proclaim my son, under the title of Napoleon II., Emperor of the French.
The current ministers will provisionally form the council of Government. The interest which I bear my son induces me to invite the chambers to establish, without delay, the regency by a law.