France Facing Germany: Speeches and Articles

France Facing Germany: Speeches and Articles

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France Facing Germany: Speeches and Articles

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SCHEURER-KESTNER took part in all the struggles against the imperial régime. In fighting for the Republic he was manifestly fighting for the nation itself, for France might have been spared the disaster of Sedan if the rule of absolutism had succumbed beforehand.

It was a time of fresh enthusiasms. In our hearts arose the radiant hope of the great days that were to be reborn through our efforts. Through our efforts France, once more become the home of the rights of man, was to recover, amid the applause of friendly peoples, the moral grandeur of her former days.

To the trustful prayers of this beautiful dream the answer was war; war and crushing defeat, war and dismemberment.

From the day of Sedan on, Scheurer-Kestner was at the side of Gambetta, and until the fall of Paris he devoted all his powers to the development of the manufacture of munitions.

When the armistice was concluded, Alsace, as a supreme manifestation of her French spirit . . .

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