As President Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte became Napoleon III when during his term as duly elect president, the parliament gave him enough power to seize all power in a coup d’etat. He followed closely in his uncle’s, Napeoleon Boneparte, footsteps.
The Bonaparte family was relatively new to their elevated role. Certainly the tumultuous background of French emperors, other royal families were hesitant to offer princesses to Napoleon III. He decided to marry for love. He love the Countess Teba. By all accounts they had a loving relationship.
One heir, Louis Napoleon, the Prince Imperial, was produced from the marriage of Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress the consort of the French, Dona Maria Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero de Guzman y Kirkpatrick.
Napoleon III declared the Empire means peace in 1852 but by 1854 France was embroiled in the Crimean War against Russia. France’s successful participation solidified their relationship with Britain.
Through the early 1860s, Napoleon III reached into Asia using French missionaries to consolidate their philosophy which led to establishment of the colonial system in the region. But the French were not only moving through Asia, Napoleon III also dabbled in the US Civil War and sent troops to Mexico establishing Maximilian I of Mexico.
The end of his reign came during the Franco-Prussian War when in 1870 Napoleon III was captured following the Battle of Sedan. He and his family were exiled to England and died in 1873.