Napoleon, in search of new emblems that could replace lilies, symbols of royalty, had chosen the bee.
It will be remembered in fact, until the seventeenth century, more than three hundred bees had been found at Tournai in the tomb of Childeric, father of Clovis.
Bees and their entire organization, their obedience to their queen, seduced Napoleon.
Consul Lebrun did say: "The world of bees is a republic with a chief."
Furthermore their small size allowed to spread on clothing, draperies, carpets, bronzes fixtures.
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