On October 1795, Napoleon claimed fame by firing cannons in the streets of Paris on Royalist forces marching on the National Convention.
Long live the king!!!
On December 2, 1804, Napoleon walked down the long aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. As thousands watched, Napoleon took the crown from the pope and placed on his own head. With this gesture, he signaled that he was more powerful than the Church.
In 1805, on the southwest coast of Spain, the French fleet was defeated by the Royal British Navy due to the brilliant commanding of Admiral Horatio Nelson. This was known as the Battle of Trafalgar. It actually was a major defeat for France.