The pandemic confinement gave people time to ponder their way of life and, accordingly, their place of residence. Spain, next to the UK, is a top choice of those thinking of moving to a new country when the coast is clear. France comes third.
At first the intentions of Charles Louis Napoleon (shortly to be crowned Noapoleon III) might have been less than honorable, but Eugenia, granddaughter of an American Consul, insisted that he think of her as a possible consort and not as another courtesan. Five weeks after the proclamation of the second French empire, Napoleon III proposed to Eugenia de Montijo in December of 1852, and she readily accepted becoming Empress Eugenie of France.