Napoleon - An Intimate Portrait

Educating the Nation

Napoléon believed strongly in the power of education to build the new France he envisioned. In 1802, a new system of education went into law, establishing the foundation for what exists to this day. Elementary schools were a local responsibility, but the secondary were supported and controlled by the state. In his last years, Napoléon wrote, “One of my great objectives was to render education accessible to everybody.”

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