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Paul Barras

Paul BarrasFrench Politician

A corrupt and amoral politician, Paul Barras was a former army officer who saw his chance to further himself with the French Revolution.

Becoming a Deputy, Barras was the political officer at Toulon - where he first met the young and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte.

Assisting in the fall of Maximilien Robespierre, Barras joined the Directory and, when a counter-revolution threatened, he called upon Bonaparte to use force to end it.

The legendary "whiff of grapeshot" followed and, safe in his office, Barras became a key mentor for Bonaparte, who even married his former mistress Josephine de Beauharnais.

Despite being a player in the sacking of his fellow Directors, Barras missed out after the Coup de Brumaire and was replaced by the Three Consul system that included his protégé Bonaparte.

He was one of few revolutionary politicians who was able to retire.



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