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The “Sacred Union”

On August 4, 1914, the prime minister of France René Viviani read out a message from President Raymond Poincaré before the French National Assembly, whereupon the minister of justice proceeded to do the same before the Senate. This procedure, to begin with, illustrates the French politicians’ fear of evoking any resemblance to a monarchy: the president of the republic was not allowed to address the parliamentary assemblies himself, and his “message” had previously been disc…

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Becker, Jean-Jacques, “France”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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