In 1867, on the occasion of the inauguration of the universal Exhibition held in Paris, the republican congressman Charles Floquet throws himself on the horse-drawn carriage that was carrying the Emperor Napoleon III and the Czar of Russia, Alexander III, and, in the face of the Tsar, shouts " long Live Poland, Sir." The offending key is " Mister ", refusing to the Russian sovereign any title of respect. The showy gesture of Floquet was a protest against the repression by the Russian army in a revolt republican, in Warsaw. These Polish patriots who were calling for their independence (of which my great-p...Article reserved to subscribers
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