Following from my last post:
Lainé's speech to the corps legislatif Dec 1813; the commission's report on the peace proposals they had been given to examine:
"Our enemies, carried by victory to the banks of the Rhine, have offered our august monarch peace on terms that a hero previously accustomed to such success might find presumptuous. But if up until now noble and heroic sentiments have dictated refusal before France's deplorable present state was sufficiently realized, it would be imprudent to repeat this refusal now that the enemy has crossed our legitimate frontiers. If shameful terms were being offered, His Majesty would only need reply by exposing these foreign schemes to his people; but on the contrary the object is only to contain us within the limits of our own territory, and to check that aggression, that ambitious activity, that has for twenty years been so fatal to the peoples of Europe.....These proposals seem [to the commission] honourable for the nation, since they prove that the foreign powers fear and respect us......"
(From Munro Price "The End of Glory" p180)
The report was immediately suppressed and the corps legislatif dismissed of course.