Franco-German Relations, 1878-1885

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CHAPTER IV
THE ACQUISIITION OF TUNIS BY FRANCE

Although France had enjoyed a preponderant influence in north Africa since the time of Louis Philippe, she gradually lost it during the period of the second empire. The condition of France immediately after the war of 1870-71 made it impossible for her to give any attention to colonial expansion. Thiers had devoted his energy to payment of the indemnity, the liberation of the territory, and the solution of internal problems. Moreover, any attempt to regain her predominance would have brought about European complications. Italy could not regard with equanimity any increase of French power, and Germany was not disposed to support such extension.1 As early as December 1873 Arnim warned Decazes not to seize Tunis,2 and later the German commodore at Tunis informed the bey that the interests of German citizens should be placed upon the same footing as those of other foreigners.3 These unfriendly incidents did not deter France from endeavoring to restore her influence in Tunis, for there were continued rumors of French activity.4

Bismarck, however, soon changed his policy of opposition to French expansion in north Africa. He perceived that such an exertion of energy in the basin of the Mediterranean would be a drain upon the resources of France and turn her thoughts from a war of revenge.5 During the crisis of 1875

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Bismarck explained his earlier policy as follows: "Wir haben uns einige Jahre früher solchen Versuchen widersetzt, weil es uns unmittelbar nach unserem Kriege mit Frankreich, und solange der Friedensvertrag noch nicht ausgeführt war, angemessen schien, französischen Machtäusserungen entgegenzutreten, um die Überhebung, welche der französischen Politik eigen ist, nicht aufkommen zu lassen." Grosse Politik, I, 303.
2
Hohenlohe, II, 199. Lyons in a despatch to Granville placed this incident in January, 1874. Newton, II, 60.
4
Grosse Politik, I, 303.
5

The chancellor wrote to Hohenlohe January 10, 1875: "Im regelmässigen Lauf der Dinge ist es aber für uns in erster Linie

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