Profile of the Day: Napoleon III
On April 20, 1808, French emperor Napoleon III was born in Paris, France. He was the nephew and heir of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1848, he was elected President of the French Second Republic in a landslide victory. However, in 1851, Napoleon III initiated a coup d’etat and ascended to the throne as Emperor of the French in 1852. After a crushing defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, the Second French Empire fell and Napoleon III was deposed. He died in exile in 1873. Napoleon III holds the unusual distinction of being both the first titular president and the last monarch of France.
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