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Napoleon and Josephine's marriage certificate at auction in Paris

Paris - The marriage certificate that preceded the tying of the knot between Napoleon Bonaparte and his first love, Josephine, will be sold at auction by a Paris auction house, September 2014.

France tracks down last Marshall Petain street for re-naming

In France you’re never far from a street named after a national hero, but France has been erasing the names of streets commemorating one of its former heroes — later turned collaborator villain: Nazi-allied wartime leader Marshal Philippe Pétain.

Forensics examine Richard the Lionheart's sweet-smelling heart

A forensic team in France has analysed the remains of the embalmed heart of Richard the Lionheart. This week, the results of their research were published revealing how the heart of the Crusader king was treated with holy reverence after his death.

Napoleon: 'I will blow up the Kremlin on the 22nd at 3 a.m.'

So says a coded letter written by Napoleon Bonaparte during his ill-fated Russian campaign. The letter is up for auction at Fontainebleau, near Paris next month and it's expected to fetch between €10,000 and €15,000 (($13,000-$20,000) at auction.

Major French attraction wins theme park 'Oscar'

Le Puy du Fou historical theme park in Western France is celebrating 35 years of massive historical re-enactments. It is the first French theme park to win the Thea international award.

French port marks 150th Anniversary of Transatlantic Steamships

On April 14, 2012 the sea port of Saint Nazaire in western France will mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of the first regular steamship service between France and the Americas.
 

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Image of a section of the marriage certificate of Napoleon and Josephine with the signatures of the ...
Image of a section of the marriage certificate of Napoleon and Josephine with the signatures of the future husband and wife clearly visible.
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The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
The Normandy beaches as portrayed by six tourist boards in Normandy - but where is Sword beach?
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Philippe Petain leader of Vichy France (far left) meets Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1940
Philippe Petain leader of Vichy France (far left) meets Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1940
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The 1808 oil on vanvas depicting Napoleon Crowning Josephine is one of the most famous paintings in ...
The 1808 oil on vanvas depicting Napoleon Crowning Josephine is one of the most famous paintings in France. It depicts Emperor Napoleon I crowning the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris on December 2.
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