Jeanne-Françoise Valliccioni

Jeanne-Françoise Valliccioni
Born (1958-03-26) 26 March 1958
Ortiporio, Corsica
Spouse Erik Langrais
(m. 1978; div. 1990)

Charles Napoléon (m. 2016)
Issue Sophie Napoléon
Anh Napoléon
House Bonaparte (by marriage)
Father Paul Valliccioni
Mother Padoue Piacentini
Religion Roman Catholicism
French Imperial Family

HIH The Prince Napoléon
Jeanne-Françoise Napoléon

HIH The Dowager Princess Napoléon

Jeanne-Françoise Valliccioni (born 26 March 1958) is the second and current wife of Prince Charles Napoléon, who claims to be the dynastic representative of the imperial House of Bonaparte, former emperors of the French.


Jeanne-Françoise Valliccioni was born in Ortiporio, Corsica, on 26 March 1958. Eldest daughter of Paul Valliccioni and wife Padoue née Piacentini (d. on 14 June 2011).[1] On 28 September 1996, she was married in a civil ceremony to Prince Charles. She had previously married Erik Langrais on 15 July 1978 at Casaglione, Corsica, from whom she was divorced on 24 July 1990.

Her marriage to the heir to the Napoleonic legacy was contracted without the prior consent or subsequent acceptance of the bridegroom's father, Louis, Prince Napoléon, then head of the former imperial dynasty.[2] After his death, his will cited the unapproved marriage as one of the grounds for the decision to bypass Charles in the line of succession to the former French Imperial throne in favour of Prince Jean Christophe Napoléon,[3] who was born of Charles Napoléon's dissolved first marriage to Princess Béatrice of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.[2][3]

Article 6 of the French Empire's constitution, as modified by the Senatus Consultus of 7 November 1852, stipulated that "...The members of the family of Louis Napoleon Bonaparte eligible for the succession, and their descendants of both sexes, are members of the Imperial family...They may not marry without the Emperor's authorization. Their marriage without such authorization entails loss of all rights of succession, both for him who contracts the marriage and his descendants."[4][5] Pursuant to this constitutional provision, which was in force until the abolition of the French imperial monarchy in 1870, the marriage to Valliccioni automatically excluded from the imperial house not only Valliccioni's husband, but all of their children, born and to be born, male and female.[4] Charles Napoléon has publicly rejected the applicability of that law and of the effects of dynastic disinheritance by his father, maintaining that he inherited by right and retains representation of Napoleon's imperial legacy.[2][5]

When Charles and Jeanne-Françoise married, they already had a daughter, Sophie Cathérine Napoléon (born in Paris, 18 April 1992).[6]

In 1998, the couple adopted a daughter of Vietnamese extraction, Anh Napoléon (born in Ho Chi Minh City on 22 April 1998).


  1. Nice Matin
  2. 1 2 3 Herbert, Susannah (23 December 1997). "Father and son in battle for the Napoléonic succession". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. 1 2 Chantal de Badts de Cugnac; Guy Coutant de Saisseval (2003). Le Petit Gotha (in French). Paris: Petit Gotha. p. 441. ISBN 2-9507974-0-7.
  4. 1 2 "Sénatus-consulte du 7 novembre 1852, portant modification à la Constitution". Sénatus-consulte du 7 novembre 1852 (in French). François Velde. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  5. 1 2 F. Billaut (16 December 1997). "Guerre de succession chez les Napoléon". Point de Vue: 18–19.
  6. hrsg. vom Dt. Adelsarchiv e.V. Hauptbearb. : Hans Friedrich von Ehrenkrook (2001). Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Fürstliche Häuser (in German) (Fürstliche Häuser Band XVI ed.). Limburg an der Lahn: C.A. Starke Verlag. pp. 19–21. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8.
Jeanne-Françoise Valliccioni
Born: 26 March 1958
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Alix de Foresta
Empress of the French
3 May 1997 present
Reason for succession failure:
Empire replaced by Republic
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