French MP starts race to Napoleonland!

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Post by Guest on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:34 am

Why simply take your children to pose with Mickey Mouse when they could be re-enacting the battle of Trafalgar in a giant aquarium – or dry-skiing past frozen corpses from Napoleon's desperate retreat from Russia?

A French MP has laid down the gauntlet for a new generation of history-themed mega-rollercoasters with plans for Europe's first theme-park based on the French general and emperor Napoleon.

Detailed in the first drawings of the imagined park, Jego's ideas include a Revolution experience where visitors will be "freed from the Bastille" and, while "trembling", witness the guillotining of the king. Through French formal gardens and a 3D reconstruction of the palace of Versailles, visitors will be able to attend Napoleon's crowning of himself as emperor

A ride based on his Egypt campaign will send people plunging underground into a mock-up of the pyramids. The battle of Trafalgar will be re-enacted in a big aquarium and witnessed from under water. A Caribbean corner might feature the empress Josephine and a slave plantation.

One of the most bold imaginings, however, is for the coldest moments of Napoleon's struggles: a dry ski-slope of his crossing the Alps, or a recreation of his disastrous retreat from Russia, re-enacting the crossing of the Beresina river past "frozen corpses of soldiers and horses".

Austerlitz and Waterloo could also be represented. "Hear the shattering sound of the cannons, tremble when you feel the bullets whistle past your ears, breathe the smell of gunpowder, and admire Napoleon's sang-froid," wrote Jego.

Napoleon remains a divisive figure in France: revered as a war hero who restored order to post-revolutionary France and laid down the nation's civil code, he is also remembered as a tyrant and megalomaniac who reintroduced slavery and crowned himself emperor.

Nicolas Sarkozy, once described as "Bonaparte in a suit" by one of France's best known-political commentators, has often been likened to the frenetic, propagandist Napoleon for his perpetual motion, temper, initial reformist promises, which a majority of French feel have not been delivered, and his media campaigns. A recent study by a historian claimed that in times of crisis and uncertainty, France often looks back to the strong characters of its history.

Historians, many already critical of Sarkozy's use of historical references and sceptical of his plans for a great museum of French history, will be watching the project keenly.

Full Story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/14/french-mp-napoleonland-theme-park

Must admit this is quite a novel idea. Given a choice I'd much rather visit a themepark based on history than mickey mouse; especially since this one would actually make us look pretty damn good Very Happy

I don't imagine we will ever see it though; it is just another desparate populist stunt from the fading Right in France who may soon be given the boot by the Socialists there.

Still; to see a reenacted if tacky version of Britain's many victories over the French does make get me a little excited Twisted Evil

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Re: French MP starts race to Napoleonland!

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:12 am

eilzel wrote:

Must admit this is quite a novel idea. Given a choice I'd much rather visit a themepark based on history than mickey mouse; especially since this one would actually make us look pretty damn good Very Happy

I don't imagine we will ever see it though; it is just another desparate populist stunt from the fading Right in France who may soon be given the boot by the Socialists there.

Still; to see a reenacted if tacky version of Britain's many victories over the French does make get me a little excited Twisted Evil

You're wicked! I have been watching John Adams about the first American President. He had to go to France with Benjamin Franklin, Franklin got with the lechery and debauchery, Adams thought winning the war was more important apparently! Perhaps they should have that time included, might open a few eyes!

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