AJACCIO, Corsica -- Corsica has a big attachment to its most famous son. He is the object of an obsession that seems to go beyond mere commercial exploitation. In addition to all the Bonaparte bric-a-brac on sale, the plastic busts, pictures, plates, etc., his visage, with its pouty lips and brooding eyes, his name, ++ is everywhere.
For instance, the Hotel Napoleon is on the rue Napoleon, just off the cours Napoleon where the Bonaparte cinema and Galleria Bonaparte flourish. Around the corner, near the Little Corporal Restaurant and the Restaurant Pizzeria Napoleon, stands a statue of Napoleon I gazing down to the quai Napoleon, where the boats are moored. The emperor, in a toga, is guarded by four lions.
The grandest monument of all is an equestrian statue. fTC Bonaparte, in Roman dress again, rides from the sea and this time he is guarded on four compass points by statues of his brothers, all affecting noble, melodramatic gestures. There is Lucien, Joseph, Louis and Jerome, who in 1803 married Betsy Patterson of Baltimore, although he later abandoned her to marry a German princess and become king of Westphalia.