The First Empire was the period in French history between 1804 and 1814 during which Napoleon Bonaparte ruled as Emperor. Although Napoleon was forced to abdicate in 1814, he returned to power in March 1815 and reestablished himself as Emperor. This second reign, called the Hundred Days, only lasted until June and is not considered part of the First Empire period.

As you probably guessed, there is a Second Empire as well.

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