The Cercle d’études

The Fondation Napoléon’s Cercle d’Études was created in spring 2013 as a platform for specialists of both Empires to present their work and latest ideas to an audience of enthusiasts. The friendly atmosphere of the Cercle encourages an exchange of points of view between historians.


Organisation and programme of events

The Cercle d’Etudes is presided over by Robert Bresse, formerly Director of the Musée de l’Armée, president of the Fondation de la France libre since April 2011, and board member of the Fondation Napoléon since January 2015. In a given year, there are three seasons of five lectures each, in spring, autumn and winter.

Programme (in French – 22 August 2019)

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To sign up and come to the lectures

To attend lectures you must first sign up. Sign up begins at a precise date indicated in the programme: sign up requests received before this date will not be accepted. Your request will be confirmed by email.

Owing to the limited number of seats, sign up requests will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis. Given the high demand for places, those signed-up must attend the lectures, or give notice if they cannot do so.

The secretary of the Cercle is Michel Inglebert, and he is assisted by Alexandra Mongin and Brigitte Claré.

To sign up to the conferences and to request more information, you can contact us via email or by letter to the Fondation Napoleon.


Lectures are held at

Fondation Napoléon

Espace Gourgaud

7 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris

Public transport

Metro: Line 5 (Saint Marcel or Campo-Formio), Line 7 (Les Gobelins)
Bus: Numbers 67 or 91 (Saint Marcel – Jeanne d’Arc)
Vélib’: 5105 (8 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire), 13006 (5 rue Duméril)