Napoleon Government - Sources...

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Sources: Took Advantage of Weak Governments: Before Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, he decided to head for Paris, a very unstable and fragile government at that time, their own people were angry and the royalists were attacking. General Bonaparte than did something that had basically never been done in Paris before. He used cannons on the mobs. Despite the government calling on him to ward off the attack, he kept shooting. As Connelly said, “Nobody had really used cannon on the Paris mobs before. He was gonna shoot. He waited ‘til he could see the whites of their eyes.” He saw that Paris was in trouble, and he took complete advantage of that by using cannons on their people, instead of letting them decide for themselves and handle the problem. He also saw this as an opportunity to glorify himself, which will be talked about later.

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