§ 649. Napoleon III at Biarritz

§649. Napoleon III at Biarritz (1852-1873): VIII-85.

VIII-85 (§649):
Between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz,
Shall be located the promontory of Mars,
With no fish of water; Nanar shall deprive him of intelligence,
Then suffocated in bed with no aid.

(Entre Bayonne & à saint Jean de Lux
Sera posé de Mars la promottoire
Aux Hanix d’Aquin Nanar hostera lux,
Puis suffocqué au lit sans adjutoire.)

Keys to the reading:
Entre Bayonne & à saint Jean de Lux: = à la place entre Bayonne & Saint-Jean-de Luz (at the place between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz), i.e. at Biarritz (Vignois, 1910, p.255);

Sera posé de Mars la promottoire: = Shall be located the promontory of Mars.
«The promontory of Biarritz, located at an equal distance from Bayonne and from Saint-Jean-de Luz, was the place of stay for Napoleon III who lived there as Mars with Venus at the season when one was seeking for breeze of the sea» (Vignois, id.);

Mars: = Mars (§694, IV-100) = Napoleon III as « the Man on Horseback » (Guerard, 1955, p. 201);

Hanix: In Greek ανιχθυς (without fish);

Aquin: In Latin aqua (water, rain, sea);

Nanar: = « Vieillerie sans valeur (Valueless old things, old rubbish or stuff).» (Trésor de la Langue Française informatisé); = « Valueless things, damaged goods; A fool, idiot.» (Tanebe). This term also suggests in Latin « nōnāria, a public prostitute.» (Smith-Lockwood). 

Aux Hanix d’Aquin: In the seaside resort where few of the French Catholic visited him, fish being the symbol of the Catholic; Napoleon III, despising the compound of the spiritual and the temporal, was in a principal conflict with the all-alleging Pope Pius IX and the French Catholics loyal to the Pope (cf. Seignobos, 1921, p.13-16).

Between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, shall be located the promontory of Mars, with no fish of water; Nanar shall deprive him of intelligence:
« The rulers set the example of the change of gait. Napoleon is rapidly aging [Nanar], his bladder disease, whose exact diagnosis will be made at the end of the reign, has worsened and gives crises of suffering followed by reductions that weaken his will [Nanar]. His youthful love for the Empress has cooled, he returned to amorous adventures. The certified favorite is first an Italian lady of high society, the Countess Cassiglione, whose beauty is displayed at the receptions of the Tuileries; a most secret affair with a demimondaine [Nanar] will be made public after the fall of the Empire by the disclosure of the letters of the President of the Supreme Court in charge of negotiating the break. The Empress, neglected and offended, focuses affection on her son, she no longer has the carefree gaiety of the beginning, its beauty, enhanced by the maturity, becomes majestic. The rulers retain their official residences in the Tuileries, and in the castles of Compiegne, Fontainebleau and St. Cloud, with the luxury of personal and ceremonial pomp deemed mandatory for a large courtyard. They lived subject to the label, surrounded by their “houses” organized into hierarchies since 1852, but they escape from there every summer. Napoleon will usually take a cure at Vichy, where he takes only a few intimates. He spent the holidays at his favorite residence of Biarritz [Between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, shall be located the promontory of Mars] on the coast of the Ocean, in the Basque country at the foot of the Pyrenees. The imperial family lives in a big villa and leads there a quiet life, almost free from the label, and free from festivals; it receives the preferred host, the Emperor walks on the beach conversing with them; they make trips by car to the mountains.» (Seignobos, 1921, p.2-3).

Then suffocated in bed with no aid: This phrase expresses the end of the Second Empire in September 1870: « Franco-Prussian War Sedan 1 September 1870. Having been defeated at Gravelotte-St. Privat during the Franco-Prussian War, the French only had Marshal Patrice de MacMahon’s army in the field. Rather than withdrawing to defend Paris, MacMahon attempted to relieve Marshal Bazaine and his army at Metz, where they were besieged by the Germans. MacMahon’s failure at Sedan brought down the Bonaparte dynasty. Within Sedan, there was mounting chaos as the French were hammered by more than 400 German guns mounted in a semicircle on the high ground around the town. Napoleon joined the battle line, seeking death in battle to avoid the approaching humiliation, but he was too ill to remain there. By late afternoon, all was lost. Napoleon was urged to place himself at the head of his troops for one final break-out attempt, but he recognized that further resistance would bring only pointless slaughter. Early the next morning, he ordered a white flag raised, and – with cheeks rouged to disguise his illness – took a carriage to the Prussian king, William I, and surrendered. Disgusted by their disgrace, many French troops turned their backs to him. This was an ominous portent for the dynasty; when the news reached Paris, a popular uprising overthrew the Second Empire, and the Third Republic was born. However, this was not good news for the Germans because the new government was not willing to accept German terms and the war continued.» (Grant, 2011, p.650).

This phrase also expresses the end of Louis Napoleon in January1873: « Misconduct blinded him so that his state of exhaustion was one of the causes of his death: when he later fainted in bed, nothing could pull round him out of this state.» (Vignois, id.) « Prince Napoleon was ready to work with the Emperor. General Bourbaki, military governor of Lyons, could be trusted. But the Man on Horseback must be able to sit a horse. So Napoleon decided to submit to an operation – lithotrity - fully aware of its dangers at his age and in his condition. It was his last gamble. On January 2, 1873 the first operation was performed; a second followed on the 6th. Both went well. The third was scheduled for the 9th. On the eve, they gave the patient chloral. He slept heavily, barely recovered consciousness, and at eleven a.m. on January 9 he was at peace.» (Guerard, 1955, p. 201). the easiest defeat of Napoleon III by the Germans on 3 September 1870.
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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