The son of a Corsican family, he graduated from the Brienne school with the rank of artillery lieutenant, he distinguished himself in Toulon where he took over the city from the English. After falling out of favor, he returned to the scene thanks to his victories in Italy. After his return from the campaign in Egypt, he became First Consul following the coup d'etat of 18 Brumaire. He reorganized the administration and strengthened his power. He became Emperor of the French in 1804, and defeated by his military genius all the European coalitions leagued against France. After extending his empire from Spain to Russia, he had to abdicate after the invasion of Paris. He returned to power for a hundred days, but fell again at Waterloo, and was forced into exile on the island of Saint Helena.
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