Paris already has Disneyland and the Asterix Park, but if former minister Yves Jégo has his way, it will also have Napoleonland. Provided the required €180 million funding can be raised.
News just in from the European Parliament: France proposes that the UK increase its contribution to the EU Historical Fund, an unconfirmed figure of €180 million being bandied about.
Attractions currently being contemplated include a daily recreation of the Battle of Waterloo, a water show recreating the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, a ski run through a battlefield surrounded by the frozen bodies of soldiers and horses and a recreation of Louis XVI being guillotined during the revolution.
Pride of place, though, would go to Napoleon’s greatest victories, such as the Battle of Austerlitz.
It was Napoleon who said: “I wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a European judiciary: there would be but one people in Europe.”
The park is also expected to house a museum, a hotel, shops, restaurants and a congress centre.
“It’s going to be fun for the family,” Mr Jégo told the Times newspaper. The idea is for building to begin in 2014 and for the park to open to the public in 2017.
Maybe it could be twinned with a future Stalin World or Genghis Towers.