The Petits Appartements date from the reign of Louis XV, who installed a series of small offices for his own private use on the ground floor of the Grands Appartements Wing. Their current appearance is the result of the final adjustments made under the two Empires.
The Petits Appartements were formed by joining together Louis XV’s offices and various other princely apartments, and from the start of the First Empire they comprised two separate sets of apartments for Napoleon and Josephine, and then Marie-Louise. The Emperors’ apartments also include offices for his ministers. The internal staircases and passageways link them to the sovereigns’ Grands Appartements on the first floor.