|Ministers of Napoleon|
|cabinet of France|
|Date formed||18 May 1804|
|Date dissolved||1 April 1814|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||Napoleon|
|Head of government||Napoleon|
|Predecessor||Cabinet of the French Consulate|
|Successor||Provisional Government of 1814|
The First Cabinet of Napoleon I was appointed by the Emperor Napoleon I upon the establishment of the First French Empire on 18 May 1804, replacing the Cabinet of the Consulate. It was succeeded by the French Provisional Government of 1814 following the downfall of Napoleon and the abolition of the Empire.
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|Secretary of State||18 May 1804||17 April 1811||Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano|
|17 April 1811||20 November 1813||Pierre Daru|
|20 November 1813||1 April 1814||Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano|
|Foreign Affairs||18 May 1804||9 August 1807||Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord|
|9 August 1807||17 April 1811||Jean-Baptiste de Nompère de Champagny|
|17 April 1811||20 November 1813||Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano|
|20 November 1813||1 April 1814||Armand Augustin Louis de Caulaincourt|
|Interior||18 May 1804||8 August 1804||Jean-Antoine Chaptal|
|8 August 1804||9 August 1807||Jean-Baptiste de Nompère de Champagny|
|9 August 1807||29 June 1809||Emmanuel Crétet|
|29 June 1809||1 October 1809||Joseph Fouché (?)|
|1 October 1809||1 April 1814||Jean-Pierre de Montalivet|
|Justice||18 May 1804||13 June 1813||Claude Ambroise Régnier|
|20 November 1813||1 April 1814||Mathieu Molé|
|War||18 May 1804||9 August 1807||Louis-Alexandre Berthier|
|9 August 1807||20 November 1813||Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke|
|20 November 1813||1 April 1814||Pierre Daru|
|War Administration||18 May 1804||3 January 1810||Jean François Aimé Dejean|
|3 January 1810||20 November 1813||Jean-Girard Lacuée|
|20 November 1813||1 April 1814||Pierre Daru|
|Finance||18 May 1804||1 April 1814||Martin Michel Charles Gaudin|
|Treasury||18 May 1804||27 January 1806||François Barbé-Marbois|
|27 January 1806||1 April 1814||Nicolas François, Count Mollien|
|Navy and Colonies||18 May 1804||1 April 1814||Denis Decrès|
|Police||10 July 1804||3 June 1810||Joseph Fouché|
|3 June 1810||1 April 1814||Anne Jean Marie René Savary|
|Religious affairs||10 July 1804||4 January 1808||Jean-Étienne-Marie Portalis|
|4 January 1808||1 April 1814||Félix-Julien-Jean Bigot de Préameneu|
|Manufacturing and Commerce||16 January 1812||1 April 1814||Jean-Baptiste Collin de Sussy|
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