La débâcle! The aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War

As an Emile Zola masterpiece makes tragically clear, defeat in the Franco-Prussian War was among the greatest calamities in French history – one that, says Misha Glenny, was to have grave consequences for the wider world in the 20th century...

Statue of Napoleon I toppled

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