Georges Clemenceau, the “Tiger of France.” As prime minister, he helped lead France to victory in the First World War and then headed the French delegation to the following Paris Peace Conference. A radical who got his start beneath the ‘guns of Monmarte’ during the Paris Commune, he never forgot nor forgave the Germans for the humiliating defeat his country suffered during the Francis Prussian War. Clemenceau spent his career advocating “revanche” and was, in fact, one of the pioneering advocates for the British alliance (concluded in 1904). After the war, when negotiating peace terms with his fellow Allies he insisted on harsh treatment for the Germans, including the assumption of sole guilt for starting the war, territorial annexations, and a large indemnity. Legend has it that he asked to be buried standing up and facing Germany.
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