intelligent woman with a keen eye for the main chance, Pauline Foures
accompanied her husband to Egypt where she divorced him after beginning
an affair with Napoleon Bonaparte.
blonde and very attractive, Foures became known by the French troops
as Cleopatra and for two years she was Bonaparte's mistress.
journals from the time reveal that all believed the pair were very
much in love, however, when Bonaparte decided to return to France
he also decided she would be a political liability. Needless to
say Foures was very surprised to be left behind.
to follow him on an American ship she was turned back by the Royal
Navy and on her return to Egypt began a short affair with General
Kleber, finally getting home in 1800.
divorced her second husband in 1816 and began a wood-exporting business
returned to Paris in 1837.