I thought the Belgian who said that most of the visitors were French so they gave them what they wanted, took their money and sent them home happy captured it quite well. I just don't see that as possible on a large scale like this. Presumably this venture will require foreign tourists to support it and there will be much sniggering thereby. It might also not be the best time to remind the world of French behaviour in Portugal and Spain.
There must be something n the French psyche that makes them want to be dominated. Democracy has never really had a strong hold on them and the extremes of politics seem to hold fascination for them. I can see Le Parc Napoleon being very popular and successful as the French hoards flock to bask in their brief moment of glory without reflecting on the twin ironies of his replacing a hated monarchy with an imperial crown and that he lost.
I think my tongue was firmly in my cheek on that one. But..
Marengo et al were fought by Napoleon, who ultimately lost. Agincourt and Crecy were fought by people who didn't lose the war - they handed it over to other people who lost it. So we can celebrate Henry V as a winner whilst acknowledging that his successors weren't quite so heroic.
And I also acknowledge that Agincourt was less of a win than a very lucky escape, but a win's a win.
If you bother to read a history book, you will discover that we came to the conclusion that we didn't want to take responsibility for the French and that we came to a similar conclusion about the Americans three hundred years or so later (which is why we used Germans to fight and gave the Yanks our best commander - even then, they still struggled). Sadly we weren't so far-sighted with the Scots and it's only now that we're getting round to addressing that problem. This is all demonstrable historical fact and I may establish a theme park to celebrate it.
We could get technical and say he won his wars that involved Marengo and Aususterlitz and lost the one with Jena. And Isn't Bannockburn celebrated by your lot? Despite having eventually gone cap in hand to beg our benevolence after bankrupting yourselves thanks to the Darien Scheme. At least old Boney went down fighting
We could get technical and say he won his wars that involved Marengo and Aususterlitz and lost the one with Jena. And Isn't Bannockburn celebrated by your lot? Despite having gone cap in hand to beg our benovolance after bankrupting yourselves thanks to the Darien Scheme. At least old Boney went down fighting