The French Have a Word For It: Gerber

 

Behold the plans for the new French theme park to rival EuroDisney: Napoleonland!

“We are not going to take sides,” Mr Jégo said in a reference to widely differing accounts of Napoleon’s legacy in Britain and France ranging from brutal dictator to heroic visionary.

The park is also expected to house a museum, a hotel, shops, restaurants and a congress centre.

Other curious potential attractions include a ski run through a battlefield “surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses” and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined during the revolution – the precursor to Napoleon’s rise to power.

“It’s going to be fun for the family,” he Mr Jégo told the Times.

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    @EJHill

    Hey kids! Let’s go freeze to death in the snows of Moscow! Or let’s go over to Waterloo and see Wellington and his Prussian friends!

    Look! It’s the monorail to Saint Helena!

    Fun, fun, fun!

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    @CrowsNest

    No no no, we’re not going to take sides.

    We just built Vichyland to be a park the whole family can enjoy. There’s museums, hotels, shops, restaurants, and a congress centre–well, its sort of under construction at the moment, there was a fire…….but we have a train the whole family can ride……

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    @TheGreatAdventure

    They could have a water park called “Trafalgarland” too!

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    @DuaneOyen

    That guillotine event should be a million laughs. Maybe they can have Ayman al Zawahiri come for the grand opening.

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    @Claire

    I hate to see the parents trying to explain to the kids that it’s ix-nay on Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage in favor of the Battle of Borodinocoaster.

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    @genferei

    To the tune of Frere Jacques:

    Agincourt, Agincourt.Crecy, too; Crecy, too.Nile and Trafalgar, Nile and Trafalgar,Waterloo, Waterloo.
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    @CharlesRapp

    What a great idea! Let us celebrate the life of the prototype for the modern military dictator. Secret police, wars of aggression, and the first man to use peace treaties to advance his conquests. Certainly a life worthy of celebration. All other dictators must be green with envy.

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    @Percival

    511px-Napoleon4.jpg

    I want the hat. If I can’t get the hat, I’m not going.

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    @TrueBlue

    Surely the waterpark would be called Water Lube, like in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!

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    @genferei

    Thank goodness nothing like that would work in the US where no-one dwells upon, let alone re-enacts, a bloody civil war…

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    @NathanielWright

    Dude, if I get to ride the Jena and Austerlitz roller coasters everything will be worth it. The Peninsula War theme ride, a kind of Pirates of the Caribbean in munitions carts, is sure to be a big hit.

    Dammerman — I think the water park is actually called “Waterloo” and is located at the real Raging Waters of … San Dimas…Dude! San Dimas is also home to former University Nevada kicker’s famous restaurant “Zendejas'”

    Just sayin’

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    @NathanielWright

    You think Borodino would be a Rollercoaster…pshaw…it would certainly be a Soaring Over Borodino ride.

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    @NathanielWright

    If they include a “Fictional” section, they could have whole areas about Horatio Hornblower, or if non-fiction Horatio Nelson. (That is if they really aren’t “taking sides.”)

    I’m actually warming to this idea.

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    @Roberto
    genferei: Thank goodness nothing like that would work in the US where no-one dwells upon, let alone re-enacts, a bloody civil war… · 1 hour ago

    A re-enactment I could understand, Napoleon and the battles he fought were key events in French history. A desire to recall and understand your past makes sense but a theme park is the exact opposite, trivializing events of grave significance.

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    @Cutlass

    Can’t wait to visit the ice cream stand!

    “Zig-gy Piggy! Zig-gy Piggy! Zig-gy Piggy!”

    Dammerman: Surely the waterpark would be called Water Lube, like in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure! · 10 hours ago

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    @Cutlass

    In front of each ride the kids will have to stand up against a little Napoleon “You must be this high” sign.

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    @JamesGawron

    Claire,

    Would you please read my post on Member Feed of a month ago called Flames: A Chanukah Story. (Notice I’ve embedded my link this time. You can teach an old dog new tricks.)

    This contains a major reference to Napoleon. Rabbi Schneur Zalman himself (founder of Chabbad) the greatest Jewish Theologian since Maimonades, had a very negative view of Napoleon. My post relates just how much Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s negative attitude cost him.

    By the way I agree with Rabbi Schneur Zalman completely.

    Please would you read my post and comment on it. Nobody has read it in a month and I’m getting a complex. I can’t afford a psychiatrist, have a heart.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    @tabularasa

    How about a Masters and Commanders ride? We’ll blow those frogs out of the water.

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    @tabularasa

    More seriously, this is the concluding paragraph from Paul Johnson’s short biography of Napoleon. Some great thoughts on Napoleon as one of the fathers of the totalitarian state and on the necessity for a humble heart–it’s one of my favorite quotes:

    “The great evils of Bonapartism—the deification of force and war, the all-powerful centralized state, the use of cultural propaganda to apotheosize the autocrat, the marshaling of entire peoples in the pursuit of personal and ideological power—came to hateful maturity in the twentieth century, which will go down in history as the Age of Infamy. It is well to remember the truth about the man whose example gave rise to it all, to strip away the myth and reveal the reality. We have to learn again the central lesson of history, that all the forces of greatness, military and administrative, nation and empire-building, are as nothing—indeed, perilous in the extreme—without a humble and contrite heart.”

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    @tabularasa
    Nathaniel Wright: Dude, if I get to ride the Jena and Austerlitz roller coasters everything will be worth it. The Peninsula War theme ride, a kind of Pirates of the Caribbean in munitions carts, is sure to be a big hit.

    Dammerman — I think the water park is actually called “Waterloo” and is located at the real Raging Waters of … San Dimas…Dude! San Dimas is also home to former University Nevada kicker’s famous restaurant “Zendejas'”

    Just sayin’ · 2 hours ago

    The ride commemorating the Battle of the Nile would be awesome until the French version of the EPA shuts it down because all the fire contributes to climate change.

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    @Pseudodionysius
    James Gawron: Claire,

    Would you please read my post on Member Feed of a month ago called Flames: A Chanukah Story. (Notice I’ve embedded my link this time. You can teach an old dog new tricks.)

    This contains a major reference to Napoleon. Rabbi Schneur Zalman himself (founder of Chabbad) the greatest Jewish Theologian since Maimonades, had a very negative view of Napoleon. My post relates just how much Rabbi Schneur Zalman’s negative attitude cost him.

    By the way I agree with Rabbi Schneur Zalman completely.

    Please would you read my post and comment on it. Nobody has read it in a month and I’m getting a complex. I can’t afford a psychiatrist, have a heart.

    Regards,

    Jim · Jan. 21 at 7:39pm

    PM me the link James.

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