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Jun 16, 2015

Re-enacting Napoleon’s Last Victory

Re-enacting Napoleon’s Last Victory

On June 16th 1815 Napoleon achieved his last victory during the Battle Of Ligny. Only days later he would meet his Waterloo. To celebrate these historic events, which shaped present day Europe, re-enactments of the battles are begin held.
Samson, 47, a lawyer originally from Orleans, has been chosen to take on the title role of Napoleon during the commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on June 19 and 20.

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson arrives at the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson poses for a portrait in the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson poses for a portrait in the French troops' bivouac, while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson talks with a performer in the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in an re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson visits the French troops' bivouac while taking part in the re-enactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Performers take part in the re-enactment of the visit of French Emperor Napoleon in the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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A combination photo shows performers taking part in the re-enactment of French Emperor Napoleon visiting the French troops' bivouac as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson takes part in the re-enactment of the battle of Ligny, as French Emperor Napoleon, during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson takes part in the re-enactment of the battle of Ligny, as French Emperor Napoleon, during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson takes part in the re-enactment of the battle of Ligny, as French Emperor Napoleon, during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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Frenchman Samson takes part in the re-enactment of the battle of Ligny, as French Emperor Napoleon, during the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo, in Ligny YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

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