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3.14.2004

La Celebrite et Les Politiques:

Translations rarely capture the spririt and full meaning of the original with the possible exception of Mssr. Danton who took some of Mr. Paine's words and recited them to the new generation as "De l’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace."

The new generation took the advice and the new freedom and in 1802--by a vote of 3.5 million to some 8,000--answered in the affirmative the very simple question "Should Napoleon be Consul for life?" ("Napoléon sera-t-il Consul à vie?"). Not content with limits or complexties, the same 3.5 million went on to approve in another referendum their new Napoleon as "Empereur des Français" in 1804.

-S. Schudy

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