11 – TWENTIETH CENTURY FRANCE

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World War 1, 1914-1918

Refusing a demand from Germany in 1914 to declare neutrality during the Russo-German conflict, France mobilised its troops. Germany declared war and invaded, but was stopped short of Paris by a combined Anglo-French force.

A great swathe of French soil was turned into a trench system as the war bogged down, and only narrow gains were made until 1918, when Germany finally gave way and capitulated. Over a million Frenchmen died and another four million were wounded.

Between the Wars

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1931 – Papillon

In 1934, Alexander I of Yugoslavia arrived at the port of Marseilles to meet with the French foreign minister Louis Barthou. and was assassinated there by Vlado Chernozemski.

Forward to World War II – Back to 10 – The Belle Epoque
Back to 1789 and all that!
© Bob Denton 2014