TOUT POUR ET PAR LE PEUPLE – EVERYTHING FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE
« Pour l’Honneur de la France, pour les intérêts sacrés de l’Humanité – For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoléon le Grand, le 17 ventôse an VIII – Samedi 8 mars 1800 – Napoleon the Great, 17th of Ventôse Year VIII – Saturday 8th March 1800)
ON NAPOLEONIC IDEAS
NAPOLEON III, EMPEROR OF THE FRENCH
Translated from the French
by Paul-Napoléon Calland, President of the Bonapartist Movement, and published in French and English in honour of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Napoleon the Great, on the Fifteenth of August, 2019.
Traduit du français par Paul-Napoléon Calland, Président du Mouvement Bonapartiste, et publié en français et en anglais en l’honneur du 250e anniversaire de Napoléon le Grand, le 15 août 2019.
CHAPTER III : INTERNAL MATTERS / QUESTION INTÉRIEURE
Public works, which the Emperor had carried out on such a grand scale, were not only one of the principal causes of internal prosperity, they even greatly favoured social progress. In effect, these works, by multiplying the means of communications, brought forth three great advantages. Firstly, they employed all idle arms and thus relieved the poorer classes. Secondly, they favoured agriculture, industry and commerce; the creation of new roads and canals increasing the value of lands and facilitating the sale of all types of products. The third was the destruction of the spirit of locality, and to do away with the barriers which separate, not only the provinces of a State, but the different nations, by easing all relations of men with each other, and drawing closer the ties that must unite them.
Napoleon’s system consisted in having have carried out, by the State, a great number of works, and once these were completed, to sell them and dedicate the proceeds of the sale to the carrying out of new works. It is important to note that, despite the war, the Emperor found the means to spend in twelve years, 1,005,000,000 francs on public works, and that the man who had so many treasures at his disposition, who distributed 700,000,000 francs in endowments, never possessed any private property.
PARTOUT OÙ MON RÉGNE A PASSÉ
IL A LAISSÉ
DES TRACES DURABLES
DE SON BIENFAIT
EVERYWHERE WHERE MY REIGN PASSED
IT HAS LEFT
OF ITS GOOD WORKS