Georges Clémenceau leaves the Peace Conference

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The French Prime Minister Georges Clémenceau played a key role at the Peace Conference held in Versailles in June 1919. In agreement with French public opinion, he considered Germany responsible for the outbreak of the war and believed it should pay compensation for damages. However, due to the increasing presence of the United Nations, Clémenceau had to take into account US President Woodrow Wilson’s opinion that instead of retribution the League of Nations should work towards peace and prosperity.

French

Georges Clémenceau, Président du Conseil depuis novembre 1917, joue un rôle essentiel dans l’élaboration du Traité de Versailles. Convaincu de la responsabilité de l’Allemagne dans le déclenchement de la guerre, il impose au vaincu une paix léonine. Il s’oppose ainsi au Président américain Woodrow Wilson et à sa conception d’une diplomatie fondée sur le droit des peuples à disposer d’eux-mêmes et où les relations internationales doivent ressortir de la Société des nations.

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Georges Clémenceau leaves the Peace Conference
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January, 1919
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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