The government infighting following Peloran Contact froze the French economy. French corporations were losing billions of francs a day, and the economy was hemorrhaging people and businesses across every border. The House of Bonaparte had built up a consortium of the largest corporations by that time, and that entire fortune was at risk. They refused to hop the border in an attempt to save their fortune though. The House of Bonaparte was French after all. They would not sit still and watch their nation and fortune collapse because of a corrupt bureaucracy.