This year, the Fondation Napoléon History Grand Prix and Research Grant Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday 8 December, in the Salon d'honneur at the Hôtel des Invalides, in the presence of H.I.H. the Princess Napoleon and the Prince d'Essling, President of the Fondation Napoléon.
These prizes are awarded each year for work relating to the two French Empires.
A special prize for a young student
Victor-André Masséna, Prince d'Essling, President of the Fondation Napoléon, presented a prize, on behalf of the Fondation and the Souvenir Napoléonien, to Emmanuel Ticchi, a twelve-year-old student, for the interest he has shown in the history of the First Empire.
This year, three history prizes were awarded
– Grand Prix: Isabelle Rouge-Ducos, L'Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile dans l'Art et l'Histoire, Dijon, Éditions Faton
– First Empire prize: Jean-Paul Bertaud, Les royalistes et Napoléon, Paris, Éditions Flammarion
– Second Empire prize: Pierre Pellissier, Mérimée, Paris, Éditions Tallandier
Click here for further information on the prizes.
This year, seven research grants were handed out
Four First Empire research grants
Two Second Empire research grants
One First and Second Empire research grants
Click here for further information on the research projects for 2009.
The Hôtel des Invalides: the ceremony takes place in prestigious surroundings
The ceremony was followed by a visit of the Musée de l'Armée's recently-refurbished First Empire wing and a cocktail buffet.