There were many protests when Napoleon IX suspended the elected government. Parliament and the Councils continued to meet and stood in solidarity against Napoleon. The President and Prime Minister called Napoleon a figment of the past who had no right to the power he claimed. Napoleon responded by reminding the French that even the arrogant English had once been a backwater to the vaunted French nation. He said he had a dream of France reliving that figment of the past and his audiences roared in approval.