He planned a set of royal marriages with England, and this was the ground of his subjects' charge against him of servility to England.
He shares with Daru the honour of being the hardest worker and most devoted supporter in Napoleon's service; but it has generally been considered that he carried devotion to the length of servility, and thus often compromised the real interests of France.
There was neither oppression on the one hand nor servility on the other to explain this abandonment of their traditions.
Education was neglected and discouraged, servility and treachery were developed, and in less than a century the people had become depraved and degraded to an almost incredible extent.
He aspired to the role of a politician, and has left a memorable example of genius degraded to servility for the sake of a riband and a title.