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The Napoleonic Code, 1804

The exercise of civil rights is independent of the quality of citizen, which is only acquired and preserved conformably to the constitutional law.

Every Frenchman shall enjoy civil rights.

Private persons have the free disposition of the property belonging to them, subject to the modifications established by the laws. Property not belonging to private persons is administered, and cannot be alienated except in the forms and in pursuance of the regulations peculiar to it.

Highways, roads and streets at the national charge, rivers and streams which will carry floats, shores, ebb and flow of the sea, ports, harbors, roads for ships, and generally all portions of the national territory, which are not susceptible of private proprietorship, are considered as dependencies on the public domain.

Married persons cannot derogate from the rights resulting from the power of the husband over the persons of his wife and of his children, or which belong to the husband as head, nor from the rights conferred on the survivor of the married parties by the title "Of the Paternal Power," and by the title "Of Minority, Guardianship, and Emancipation," nor from the prohibitory regulations of the present code.

The French Civil Code. 1804. Trans. George Spence. London: William Benning, Law Bookseller, 1827. N. pag. The Napoleon Series. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

Which of the following best describes Napoleon's goal as reflected in the excerpt of the Napoleonic Code above?


To benefit the common good.


To protect the rights and freedoms of all people.


To establish a Constitutional Monarchy.


To implement all the goals and desires fought for in the French Revolution.

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