Former French minister for the overseas departments, Yves Jégo, is spearheading a project to build a theme park dedicated to the Corsican-born Emperor. All he needs is 220 million Euros or 290 million in US dollars. The planned site is Montereau, just south of Paris where Napoléon defeated the Austrians in 1814. How would you like to participate in a recreation of the Battle of Waterloo, Napoléon’s final defeat? Or watch a water show reenacting the Battle of Trafalgar, where Nelson won, but lost his own life. The strangest idea of all is a ski run through a battlefield littered with frozen bodies of soldiers and horses that recreates the disastrous Russian campaign. Well, maybe the most peculiar idea is a recreation of the guillotining of Louis XVI – without which there would have been no vertically-challenged dictator. But it’s no surprise that the park will put more emphasis on Napoléon’s victories, such as Austerlitz. Jégo hopes to break ground in 2014 and open in 2017. Care to invest?
Today’s expression mettre à feu et à sang (mettruh ah fuh ay ah sahn) means “to put to fire and blood.” That describes Napoléon’s campaigns rather well. I’d describe Yves Jégo’s campaign as simply weird.