Central African Empire
The Central African Empire
was the name of the Central African Republic
when president Jean-Bédel Bokassa
declared himself Emperor Bokassa in 1977
. Bokassa spent over 20 million dollars, a quarter of the country's annual income, on his coronation
ceremony. The name Central African Republic was restored in 1979 when Bokassa was ousted in a French-backed coup.
On 22 April 2003, the Louvre des Antiquaires, a mall of fine art and antiques across the Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre itself, had a temporary exhibit of Bokassa's coronation robes, copied from those Napoleon himself wore when he crowned himself Emperor of France in 1804.