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14 January 1858, as the Emperor was on his way to the theater to see Rossini's William Tell, Orsini threw three bombs at the imperial carriage. The first bomb landed among the horsemen in front of the carriage. The second bomb wounded the animals and smashed the carriage glass. The third bomb landed under the carriage and seriously wounded a policeman who was hurrying to protect the occupants. Eight people were killed and 142 wounded, though the emperor and empress were unhurt.

14 January 1858, as the Emperor was on his way to the theater to see Rossini's William Tell, Orsini threw three bombs at the imperial carriage. The first bomb landed among the horsemen in front of the carriage. The second bomb wounded the animals and smashed the carriage glass. The third bomb landed under the carriage and seriously wounded a policeman who was hurrying to protect the occupants. Eight people were killed and 142 wounded, though the emperor and empress were unhurt.

Composition of the national Assembly – 1871 -  French Third Republic - Wikipedia - A "temporary" republican government was therefore established.

Composition of the national Assembly – 1871 - French Third Republic - Wikipedia - A "temporary" republican government was therefore established.

In the second half of the 19th century, with the ascension of Napoleon III in 1851, the name Académie Impériale de Musique was reinstated and after 1870 with the formation of the Third Republic was changed to Théâtre National de l'Opéra. In 1875, the institution occupied a new home, the Palais Garnier

In the second half of the 19th century, with the ascension of Napoleon III in 1851, the name Académie Impériale de Musique was reinstated and after 1870 with the formation of the Third Republic was changed to Théâtre National de l'Opéra. In 1875, the institution occupied a new home, the Palais Garnier

The Franco-Prussian War had a profound impact on both France and Prussia. It helped served to bring about the unification of the German states. For France it put an end to the Second Empire and the reign of Napoleon III. It was replaced by the Third republic which would last until the German invasion during World War II.

The Franco-Prussian War had a profound impact on both France and Prussia. It helped served to bring about the unification of the German states. For France it put an end to the Second Empire and the reign of Napoleon III. It was replaced by the Third republic which would last until the German invasion during World War II.

The head Chef at the Elysées Palace, Bernard Vaussion, who has run the kitchen for every president from Georges Pompidou to François Hollande, is hanging up his toque and retiring.   Bernard Vaussion, shown here, in the vast kitchens of the Élysées Palace, with its collection of copper pots dating back to the Second French Empire, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870, between the Second Republic and the Third Republic.

The head Chef at the Elysées Palace, Bernard Vaussion, who has run the kitchen for every president from Georges Pompidou to François Hollande, is hanging up his toque and retiring. Bernard Vaussion, shown here, in the vast kitchens of the Élysées Palace, with its collection of copper pots dating back to the Second French Empire, the Imperial Bonapartist regime of Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870, between the Second Republic and the Third Republic.

published in the Manchester Guardian on 20 July 1870- Napoleon III and Otto von Bismarck start war which will lead to the French Third Republic and a united German Empire

published in the Manchester Guardian on 20 July 1870- Napoleon III and Otto von Bismarck start war which will lead to the French Third Republic and a united German Empire

1872 map fromL’Eclipse magazine showing France as a web and its citizens as caught flies, circled by spiders representing the Napoleon III, the Third Republic, Bismarck, and the Royalists.

1872 map fromL’Eclipse magazine showing France as a web and its citizens as caught flies, circled by spiders representing the Napoleon III, the Third Republic, Bismarck, and the Royalists.

Mac-Mahon-1st -A Marshal of France, he was the only monarchist (and only Duke) to serve as President of the Third Republic. He resigned shortly after the Republican victory in the 1877 legislative elections, following his decision to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies. During his term, the French Constitutional Laws of 1875 that served as the Constitution of the Third Republic were passed, and he therefore became the first President under the constitutional settlement that would last until…

Mac-Mahon-1st -A Marshal of France, he was the only monarchist (and only Duke) to serve as President of the Third Republic. He resigned shortly after the Republican victory in the 1877 legislative elections, following his decision to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies. During his term, the French Constitutional Laws of 1875 that served as the Constitution of the Third Republic were passed, and he therefore became the first President under the constitutional settlement that would last until…

Henri Rochefort Painting by Manet 1881  Victor-Henri Rochefort, marquis de Rochefort-Lucaywas, 1830 - 1913.  Gifted polemical journalist under the Second Empire and the Third Republic. Distinguished as a supporter of the extreme left and later as a champion of the extreme right. Rochefort’s career began in 1868 with the founding of the weekly newspaper La Lanterne, which was suppressed for its outspoken opposition to Napoleon III.

Henri Rochefort Painting by Manet 1881 Victor-Henri Rochefort, marquis de Rochefort-Lucaywas, 1830 - 1913. Gifted polemical journalist under the Second Empire and the Third Republic. Distinguished as a supporter of the extreme left and later as a champion of the extreme right. Rochefort’s career began in 1868 with the founding of the weekly newspaper La Lanterne, which was suppressed for its outspoken opposition to Napoleon III.

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