you mock my knowledge of European history
Never mocked it, stop stretching things. I doubted you have "extensive knowledge of the paramilitary systems of Europe".
ultra nationalist (" France forever! ")
He was a strong Corsican nationalist at first, trying to get Corsica free from France. Then he went to France and pretty much abandoned that idea. And he certainly promoted French nationalism, but I don't find anything that says he is an ultra nationalist. I think by arrogant, you mean ambitious, and I still don't see what makes him a control freak. France was the freest country in Europe at the time, giving ordinary folk "civil rights", he ended the policy of torturing spies, both of which weakened his controle.