In 1799 a military coup established Napoleon Bonaparte as the First Consul of France. He went on to become the Emperor of the French.
He went around Europe conquering countries around France. He was actually a very successful leader until his pride became too much. In 1812, he made a push to conquer the last major country around France, Russia. He was, however, unsuccessful and ended up retreating after losing over 400,00 soldiers. In 1814 he had to give up his throne but attempted a comeback in 1815. Three months later he would lose at Waterloo, be exiled to St. Helen where he died 6 years later.