Odds and Ends
7 1, 5:35pm
Well... Napoleon didn't have the right to sell the Louisiana to the US (because he was not emperor then and still needed the agreement of the parliament), so technically, the purchase was illegal in France. And I think Jefferson did not have the right to make the deal either without consulting the US parliament, so technically it was illegal in the US too. Not sure Louisiana could use the excuse to break free though, tiny France wouldn't dare to help them against America ^^
An other useless fact : this agreement also violated one treaty with spain stipulating that France could not cede Louisiana to a third party, I guess initially the clause targeted the UK, but selling Louisiana to the US turned out to be quite bad for spain too.