it was still of greater demonstrable merit than being birthed from the womb of an incestuous whore like most of the monarchs of Europe.
?Maria Theresia? Königin Louise? - your assesment makes me wonder.
The line of action
Bonaparte aquires power by a military coup
the he uses this power to get eventually legitimized, took him a while
And a part of the French certainly accepted him, another part did not, not even in the army