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Central African Empire

The Central African Empire was the name of the Central African Republic when president Jean-Bédel Bokassa declared himself Emperor Bokassa in 1977. Bokassa spent over 20 million dollars, a quarter of the country's annual income, on his coronation ceremony. As of yesterday (22 April 2003), the Louvre des Antiquaires, a mall of fine art and antiques across the Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre itself, had a temporary exhibit of Bokassa's coronation robes, copied from those Napoleon himself wore when he crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804.



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