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The French Revolution was fought for the equality liberty and fraternity of the third social class in France These ideas were carried on into the post revolutionary era of Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon Bonaparte was a product of the Revolution for if it were not for the revolution he would not have gained any major military and political opportunities like he had been given Liberty equality and fraternity became some of the most important principles of the revolution It may have seemed that Napoleon Bonaparte kept alive these principals of the revolution but in reality through his oppression of equality consulate government and raze of liberty and freedom he became a slayer of the Revolution Napoleon had appeared to the population of France to be a believer in equality one of the principles of the revolution The first task of Napoleons government was to draw up a new constitution This constitution affirmed the equality of all citizens before the law but it only concerned men because the husband was given absolute authority over the family Women had no rights and were seen as inferior to men Napoleon also had a legion of honor which placed people in different rankings in the military according to what good they have done their country and what they have accomplished If Napoleon believed in equality he believed in imposing it from above The thought of equality did not refer to Napoleon or his family for he became Emperor and they princes and kings Napoleon used certain tactics while he was in power to get what he wanted even if that meant lying to the people of France Napoleon created a constitution that gave the illusion of a representative government while he was transforming himself into emperor This worked for Napoleon because the French thought they had a representative government In reality the representative government had no real power and Napoleon always had the final say When Napoleon
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