Prosper de Chasseloup-Laubat

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Prosper de Chasseloup-Laubat in 1862.
Prosper de Chasseloup-Laubat according to Honoré Daumier.

Count Justin Napoléon Samuel Prosper de Chasseloup-Laubat (1805, Alessandria – 1873) was a French politician who became Minister of the Navy under Napoleon III. He was the youngest son of the General de Chasseloup-Laubat. Chasseloup-Laubat was an enthusiastic proponent of Colonial Imperialism.[1]

Chasseloup-Laubat was Minister of the Navy and the Colonies during the attacks on Danang and Saigon in Vietnam led by Rigault de Genouilly and his successor Counter-Admiral Page.[1]

When in 1863 the Vietnamese diplomat Phan Thanh Gian visited Napoleon III on an embassy in Paris, Chasseloup-Laubat pressured Napoleon III to have him give up a promise he had made to return territories captured by the French. He threatened Napoleon III with his resignation and that of the whole cabinet, forcing him to order the cancellation of the agreement in June 1864[2]

He worked in combination with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Drouyn de Lhuys.


  • Voyages en Amérique et principalement à Chicago, 1893



Preceded by
Auguste-Nicolas Vaillant
Minister of the Navy
10 April 1851 - 26 October 1851
Succeeded by
Hippolyte Fortoul
Preceded by
Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte
Minister of Algeria and the Colonies
24 March 1859 - 24 November 1860
Succeeded by
(Title changed to "Minister of the Navy and the Colonies")
Preceded by
Ferdinand Hamelin
(as Minister of the Navy)
Ministers of the Navy and the Colonies
24 November 1860 - 20 January 1867
Succeeded by
Charles Rigault de Genouilly