How did the local people in the areas conquered by the Napoleon react to French rule? Explain

How did the local people in the areas conquered by the Napoleon react to French rule? Explain.

  • IN the areas conquered by the Napoleon, the reactions of the local populations to French rule were mixed.
  • Initially in many places such as Holland and Switzerland as well as in certain cities like Brussels, Mainz, Milan and Warsaw, the French army were welcomed.
  • But the initial enthusiasm soon turned to hostility, as it became clear that the new administrative arrangements go hand in hand with political freedom.
  • Increased taxation, censorship, forced conscription into the French armies required to conquer the rest of Europe.
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