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Napoleon Receives Letter From French Census Bureau

Posted by admin on Dec 12, 2013

He has been dead for nearly two centuries but such is the enduring pull exerted by Napoleon Bonaparte on the French that this week he received a letter from the country’s statistics agency.

The letter, addressed in typed letters to Bonaparte, Napoleon, was despatched to 3 Rue Saint Charles in Ajaccio – just next door to the former emperor’s birthplace, which is now a museum dedicated to his memory. The person who received the letter, the current resident of 3 Rue Saint Charles, clearly had a sense of humour – he or she marked it ‘return to sender’, scrawling a note beneath the address: “Died in 1821 – please forward with a prayer to Saint Peter.”

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