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Battle of Paris (Napoleon's World)

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The Battle of Paris, also known as the Fall of Paris, was a military engagement during the French Civil War, contested from September 1-27, 1943, in which the European Alliance engaged the French Grand Army in and around the Imperial capital. The battle ended with a victory for the Alliance, which seized Le Centre on the 23rd and managed to capture the fleeing Emperor Edmond Bonaparte in a vicious firefight on the Champs Elysees in which nearly 700 men lost their lives, known as the Edmondian Sacrifice. With the city under its full control by the 27th, Sebastien Bonaparte travelled to the city from his base of operations in Berlin and greeted cheering crowds, and survived four separate assassination attempts in a ten-day span, constitutionally relieving Edmond of his duties as Emperor on October 12.

The Fall of Paris was a major propaganda victory for the European Alliance, which was running low on supplies and men by the time it defeated the equally beleaguered Grand Army. Emperor Edmond was granted his request to be executed on October 18. Sebastien, who had officially become Emperor on the 12th, held his triumphant coronation on the 22nd, presenting himself to the populace of Paris as a conquering hero arrived to rescue them from tyranny. While the Fall of Paris is often cited as the effective end of the war, Albertine loyalists fought on in southern France and the Iberian provinces until early May, when they were defeated at Torello in Catalunia.

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