In 1798, Napoleon led the French army into Egypt, swiftly conquering Alexandria and Cairo. However, on October of that year, an uprising by the people of Cairo surprised the French forces, while Bonaparte was in old Cairo, the city’s population was spreading weapons around the streets and fortifying strongpoints, especially at the Great Mosque. The French commander, General Dupuy, was murdered, as well as Bonaparte’s aide-de-camp Joseph Sulkowski. Excited by the sheikhs and imams, the Egyptians swore by the Prophet to exterminate all Frenchmen and any Frenchman they met, at home or in the streets, was mercilessly killed. Crowds rallied at the city gates to keep out Bonaparte, who was repulsed and forced to take a detour to get in via the Boulaq gate.
[Musée National du Château de Versailles et du Trianon - Oil on canvas]
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Cor Jaring, Environmentalist protest, Amsterdam, ca. 1965-69