2021 will see us commemorating the bicentenary of the death of Emperor Napoleon I, which occurred on 5th May 1821 in his exile on the island of Saint Helena. The Emperor of the French and the department of Seine-et-Marne were linked in many ways: the campaign in north-east France (1813-1814), his First Abdication on 4th April 1814 followed by the Farewell to the Imperial Guard on 20th April 1814.
Several institutions in Seine-et-Marne have decided to come together to commemorate the event:
- The Department of Seine-et-Marne;
- The town of Fontainebleau;
- The Château de Fontainebleau.
The bicentenary will include a series of highlights and events led by the Department Archives administration and the Cultural Affairs Department of the Seine-et-Marne Department, with a double scientific and artistic angle. All of these events are receiving the official Fondation Napoleon label ("2021, the Year of Napoleon").
The event, which has a national and international scope, is also supported by the Town of Fontainebleau and the Château de Fontainebleau, with both offering a rich, complementary programme around the Napoleonic bicentenary. Other events are likely to be organised simultaneously on the territory of Seine-et-Marne. They will be updated regularly on the website.