Why did the French support Napoleon?
The French supported Napoleon as an emblematic symbol of their
country due to his consistent and tireless efforts in the defense
of the Republic of France, such as his brilliant recapture of
Toulon from French traitors and British occupiers during the First
French Revolutionary War. He was successful leading the French
"Army of Italy". He also had none of the bloody legacy that came
from the political battles between Gironidists and Jacobins that
had led to the Reign of Terror, conversely he brought peace to the
city of Paris after its convulsions following the death of
Maximilien Robespierre. He was also young and vivacious, which was
another reason he was successful.
Most importantly, though, he spoke the language of the Revolution, abolishing the estates, promoting individual freedoms, and elevating the bourgeoisie to the same place in the economy as the nobility. Since Napoleon was not of royal blood, his rule was an affirmation of the principle that all Frenchmen, regardless of origin should be permitted to have any rank they could achieve on their own merit.