The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973 Page: 37
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From Texas to Mexico
Carlota, her mind broken by accumulated disasters, lapsed into perma-
The throne of Napoleon III, severely shaken by this disaster, did
not long survive that of Maximilian. After Querdtaro, the French
empire declined rapidly in prestige and material force. Three years
later it succumbed when Napoleon's armies, poorly prepared in part
because of shortages arising from the Mexican campaigns, went down
to defeat before the Prussians. As a European diplomat close to the
French court later analyzed it: "Mexico was his Moscow, and Sadowa
[Prussia's victory over Austria that vastly increased its military po-
tential] was his Waterloo.""'
Prim had been correct when he said that Dubois de Saligny would
be fatal to the country he served. Although the Frenchman played
no active r61le in the last years of the empire, during his years of
service he had been guilty of what the French call afairisme (in-
trusion of business into politics) in its most exacerbated form. His
career affords a documented case history of the far-reaching damage
that can be done by a single official who subordinates public duty
to private gain.
"Richard von Metternich to Baron Beust, January 21, 1870, in Hermann Oncken, Die
Rheinpolitik Kaiser Napoleons III. von I863 bis z87o and der Ursprung des Krieges von
1870/71 (g vols.; Stuttgart, 1926), No. 778, III, 294.
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