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Napoleon IIIOriginally Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte. Known as Louis Napoleon. 1808-1873.
Emperor of the French (1852-1870). A nephew of Napoleon I, he led the opposition to Louis Philippe and became president of the Second Republic (1848-1852). After proclaiming himself emperor (1852), he instituted reforms and rebuilt Paris. His successful imperialist ventures were overshadowed by a failed campaign in Mexico (1861-1867) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), which resulted in his deposition.
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(Biography) full name Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, known as Louis-Napoleon. 1808–73, Emperor of the French (1852–70); nephew of Napoleon I. He led two abortive Bonapartist risings (1836; 1840) and was elected president of the Second Republic (1848), establishing the Second Empire in 1852. Originally successful in foreign affairs, he was deposed after the disastrous Franco-Prussian War
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