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)
« It is for these reasons that we want a confederal Europe, in which each people could preserve not only its culture and identity, but also the fundamental laws that ensure that society functions. The maintenance of our public services, our right to be the masters of our own destiny, the role of the State as motor of industry and agriculture which permits it to protect our workers and farmers against the unrestrained competition which worsens unemployment and crushes local production… so many fundamental rights forgotten by a bureaucratic and anti-democratic “European construction”.
For Europe, we want to encourage legislation on a common environmental policy, in order to favour renewable energy and to fight pollution and global warming. We want a European policy that respects the right of each people to self-determination, according to the policy of nationalities dear to Napoleon and Napoleon III. This principle resurrected Poland (1806, and later 1919 and 1989), gave new life to Switzerland (1803, then 1849), created Italy (1796, 1805, and 1859) and Romania (1856 and 1862). We want it to create Europe ».
Following the victory of Austerlitz, which put an end to the unjust aggressions of the Third Coalition against France and her allies, the Treaty of Paris, on the 12th of July 1806, founded the Confederation of the Rhine. The German princes and peoples, reunited under the protection of Napoleon the Great, henceforth Emperor of the French, King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine and Mediator of the Swiss Confederation, left the tutelage of the former « Holy Empire », and adopted reforms in the spirit of a new era.
By the law of the 18th of May and the imperial decree of the the 3rd of July of the same year 1806, the Emperor created, to reconcile the interests of the employers and those of the workers, the Councils of Prud’hommes (labour tribunals). Conscious also of the necessity of a public instruction which prepares a future for youth and a security for the preceding generations, he founded also, on the 10th of May 1806, the Imperial University, a body charged « exclusively with teaching and the public education throughout all of the Empire ».
Treaty creating the Confederation of the States of the Rhine
(Paris, 12th of July 1806)
In 1813, false promises of liberty deceived the peoples of Germany, and they learned to their cost, after the victory of the Coalition powers, the disingenuousness of these princes, enemies of the nations, whom generosity had left on their thrones. The revolt of the Saxons against the injustices inflicted upon their country, their king and their army by Prussia, like that of the Belgians against the domination of the House of Orange, cannot astonish us at a time when the heirs in spirit to these princes deliver the public good of the peoples of Europe into the hands of private interests working on the edges of the stage. But they must serve as a lesson to us, for like these Bavarians, Wurtembergers and Badeners who roared LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR ! on learning of his return from the island of Elba, or these Liégeois, who unfurled the French tricolore flag, we must resist, at the same time, against the national prejudices of those who have no other project than the destruction of the European, Napoleonic, ideal, and the sombre projects of those who wish for a Europe founded on the martyrdom of the peoples. Little more than a decade after these referenda sadly violated by the treaty of Lisbon, the English and Welsh peoples, who had voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, on the 23rd of June 2016, learned, at the same moment as the Scottish people, pro-European, and the Northern Irish people, divided between the west and the east, that ten or so dishonest promises had prevailed over the warnings of the socialists, moderates and liberals, who have always been friends of France and of Europe.
The 18th of May and 3rd of July 2016 were the 210st anniversaries of the creation of the councils of Prud’hommes. The 12th of July 2016 marked that of the Confederation of the Rhine. That reminds us, as much of the path that stretches out behind us, as that which it remains for us to travel. Equality of women in the workplace, the values and the role of teaching in the year that also saw the 210th year of the imperial decree instorating a national frame for diplomas and for public instruction, as well as our commitments to closer Franco-German ties and to the duty of remembrance in this centenial of Verdun, passing via our combat for direct democracy, are struggles that we continue to fight, everywhere where we count faithful supporters.
Faced with those who advocate an ultra-capitalism enemy of capital, of labour and of the happiness of the peoples, it is not enough to destroy the Europe that some seek to impose upon us. On the contrary, we must build that which we want. A confederation of European nations, founded upon our common values, those of Napoleon the Great, of Napoleon III, and of Charles De Gaulle.
The European Union, victim of the dismal errors of its political classes, has often twinned our regions of Europe. The Bonapartist Movement, seeing in France only « brothers easy to reconcile, and in the different nations of Europe the members of the same great family », will always favour twinning between the nations.
In the continuity of the Franco-Scottish Auld Alliance, and of the Franco-British alliance instorated by the Emperor Napoleon III and by Queen Victoria, we have asked of the citizens and co-residents of France and of the United Kingdom to support the personnel and families of our law enforcement forces and of our armed forces. We have launched, on the 12th of July 2016, the 210th anniversary of the Confederation of the Rhine and of the councils of Prud’hommes, a call to solidarity between workers, farmers and consumers of all countries, beginning with those of France and Germany. Let us seek, following the values that inspired the creation of the Councils of Prud’hommes, to reconcile our interests, and to promote the measures that are inclined to ensure a decent salary, equality in the workplace, and outlets for the produce of our agriculture and of our industry. Let us take care to promote prosperity for all through localism, and consequently, local fair trade. Finally, whatever the country in which we fight for our cause, let each of us labour, in the words of our Emperor, so that « justice be administered in order to protect the weak against the strong ».
We remind all of our commitments in favour of the value of the fields of technical skills and apprenticeships, and of the instoration of a true civic instruction programme (in primary schools, colleges and further education colleges). In solidarity with the interests of France, of the Francophonie, and of the Latin Union and Commonwealth, we are conscious that our Europe must be built through her peoples, and thus, through national education, higher education and research. That is why we underline, in conclusion, why it is vital to « put once more in force the principles of a unified education, of valued civic instruction, and firm support for the teaching body ».
Vive la France ! Vive l’Allemagne !
Long live the Europe of free nations, confederated in prosperity and in honour !
President of the Bonapartist Movement.