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Ports of Call

Ian Coller

in Arab France

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260641
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947542 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260641.003.0003
Ports of Call

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On their release from quarantine in Marseille, the first act of exiles from Egypt was to organize the funeral of their leader, General Ya'qub, which attracted a crowd of onlookers as they carried his body to its sepulchre. According to a French observer, the Coptic Legion accompanied the convoy, along with detachments from every corps, officers of all kinds, and the military and civilian authorities. The conditions that these emigrants confronted on their emergence from quarantine were radically different from those they had anticipated when they set out from Egypt. France was no longer a republic living out, however peripatetically, the legacy of the Revolution. Since the coup of 18 Brumaire 1799, a three-member Consulate had been installed, and only the fiction of a rotating presidency masked the growing power of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Keywords: quarantine; Marseille; exiles; Egypt; General Ya'qub; Coptic Legion; France; Revolution; Napoleon Bonaparte

Chapter.  13577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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