The Second French Empire
Napoleon III revived France’s imperial ambitions, experiencing great victories and costly defeats
France once again allies with Britain, this time against Qing China. An Anglo-french force attacks and occupies Canton. The resulting Treaty of Tientsin opens more Chinese ports to Western trade, and the French and British establish embassies in the previously closed city of Beijing.
A commemorative medal, issued to all French soldiers and sailors who participated in the expedition to China. The Chinese characters on the ribbon read ‘Beijing’