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Napoleon blundered consistently during his rise to power He owed his political success more to others and fortuitous circumstances than to his own judgment Men like Siey Barras and Talleyrand as well as Napoleons own brother Lucien greatly contributed to Napoleons success in France Barras was perhaps the most influential in helping Napoleon become the ruler of France He did this not because he liked Napoleon but because he thought Napoleon would be necessary for Barras own takeover He knew that if he wished to have a successful political takeover he would need the support of the army And who better to lead the army than Napoleon Frances hero As commander in chief of the Army of the Interior Barras made Napoleon his second-in-command When Napoleon was brought up before a board at the Luxembourg for his disgraceful abandonment of the army in Egypt it was Barras who convinced the board not to press charges against Napoleon Barras also had contact with Roederer and Talleyrand two other important supporters of the coup that helped bring Napoleon to power Despite all he did to help Napoleon Barras was cut out of the loop His letter of resignation was penned for him and delivered into his hands by Talleyrand Talleyrand was involved in the coup only to enrich himself As the years of the Terror showed Talleyrand was capable of switching sides easily escaping the fate of many of his colleagues Talleyrand had long been interested in a change of government and like Siey had chosen General Joubert to help with the takeover When Joubert died Talleyrand was left with only one alternative Napoleon Bonaparte Although Talleyrand found the idea of using Napoleon unpleasant he knew it was his only choice Talleyrand played a large part in the coup of 18 Brumaire serving as a go-between man for Napoleon and Abbe Siey Napoleon had originally wanted to exclude Siey from all plans having to do
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