A close-up on: the Code Pénal

The Code Pénal, one text of the larger codification movement that took place under Napoleon, was introduced in 1810 to replace the numerous laws adopted during the Revolution’s ten-year period. Defining crimes and their respective punishments, it was the text intended to safeguard a French society which had recently been reorganised by the Code Civil.

First page of the Code Pénal, © Fondation Napoléon