How was Napoleon considered in his country? Was he a tyrant? A hero?
Napoleon is still one of the most important figures in French culture today, who is seen by many as the face of the French Revolution and one of the greatest commanders in history. His restructuring of the French law codes, known as the Napoleonic Code, led to far more equality and opportunity for the lower classes of France. His rise to power as a common born individual who rose through the ranks purely due to his own talent is also a popular aspect of his character within France.
During his lifetime Napoleon managed to conquer the large majority of Europe and created one of the most powerful empires in the history of human civilization. His military tactics revolutionized European warfare and his legacy was one of the central reasons behind the rise of nationalism within both France and other European nations such as Germany, Italy, and Spain.
It is rare to find a critic of Napoleon within France and is often seen as one of the greatest European leaders in history.