'Gaul to the New Caesar', 1870. The figure of France declares Defiance Emperor , While I have Strength to Hurl it! France is depicted brandishing a broken and bloody sword at the Prussian Emperor, William I, now wearing the crown of the newly unified Germany. France had declared war on Prussia earlier in 1870 but had since then suffered numerous, heavy defeats. Within the next few days, Prussia would launch a bombardment on Paris, starting with an attack on Mont Avron. From Punch, or the London Charivari, December 17, 1870.