Soon political meetings were outlawed. Other infrastructure needs in rural France, such as better roads and canals, were neglected because of the expense of the railways, so it seems likely that there were net negative effects in areas not served by the trains. Despite the loss of major industrial districts France produced an enormous output of munitions that armed both the French and the American armies. "[210], The war was fought in large part on French soil, with 3.4 million French dead including civilians, and four times as many military casualties. Charles VII (reigned 1422–61) established the first French standing army, the Compagnies d'ordonnance, and defeated the Plantagenets once at Patay (1429) and again, using cannons, at Formigny (1450). In 1882, ongoing civil disturbances in Egypt prompted Britain to intervene, extending a hand to France. [42] The Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter inflicted a few strategic defeats on the Anglo-French naval alliance and forced England to retire from the war in 1674. ", Nick Hewlett, "The phantom revolution. Military alliances were signed with weak powers in 1920–21, called the "Little Entente". The old aristocracy was eager to regain its land but felt no loyalty to the new regime. Their share then fell to about 60 percent, where it remained into the 21st century. Those same Goths had sacked Rome in 410 and established a capital in Toulouse. The 11th century in France marked the apogee of princely power at the expense of the king when states like Normandy, Flanders or Languedoc enjoyed a local authority comparable to kingdoms in all but name. French chemists such as Antoine Lavoisier worked to replace the archaic units of weights and measures by a coherent scientific system. The Church was badly hurt and lost half its priests. [65][66] Right away on 21 September the Convention abolished the monarchy, making France the French First Republic. Napoleon didn't make France a Republic. Napoleon's 1801 Concordat continued in operation but in 1881, the government cut off salaries to priests it disliked. Although relaunched in an original way, the French economy was about as productive as comparable West European countries. France then adopted the dissuasion du faible au fort doctrine which meant a Soviet attack on France would only bring total destruction to both sides. France began reducing its nuclear capacities and conscription was abolished in 2001. In 600 BC, Ionian Greeks from Phocaea founded the colony of Massalia (present-day Marseille) on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, making it the oldest city of France. Louis IX was only twelve years old when he became King of France. Bishops and clergy were to receive state salaries, and the government would pay for the building and maintenance of churches. The French army recruited French Forces of the Interior (de Gaulle's formal name for resistance fighters) to continue the war until the final defeat of Germany; this army numbered 300,000 men by September 1944 and 370,000 by spring 1945.[239]. However, Napoleon rose to power during Republican France's wars with other nations, and eventually seized the government in a coup in 1804, creating the First French Empire. [264], The May 1958 seizure of power in Algiers by French army units and French settlers opposed to concessions in the face of Arab nationalist insurrection ripped apart the unstable Fourth Republic. The late Capetians, although they often ruled for a shorter time than their earlier peers, were often much more influential. He set the context for the rise of power to much more powerful monarchs like Saint Louis and Philip the Fair. On 1 October 1791, the Legislative Assembly was formed, elected by those 4 million men – out of a population of 25 million – who paid a certain minimum amount of taxes. [4], Throughout the winter of 1792 and spring of 1793, Paris was plagued by food riots and mass hunger. The richest 10 percent of families owned between 80 and 90 percent of the wealth from 1810 to 1914. The initial republic was in effect led by pro-royalists, but republicans (the "Radicals") and Bonapartists scrambled for power. Germanic tribes, the Franks and the Alamanni, entered Gaul at this time. The foreign threat exacerbated France's political turmoil amid the French Revolution and deepened the passion and sense of urgency among th… The Capetians, in a way, held a dual status of King and Prince; as king they held the Crown of Charlemagne and as Count of Paris they held their personal fiefdom, best known as Île-de-France. The Thirty Years' War eroded the power of the Catholic Habsburgs. Louis and Charles had little interest in foreign affairs, so France played only minor roles. The old aristocracy had dallied with the ideas of the Enlightenment and rationalism. After some consolidation, six companies controlled monopolies of their regions, subject to close control by the government in terms of fares, finances, and even minute technical details. The government in a law of 21 February 1795 set steps of return to freedom of religion and reconciliation with the since 1790 refractory Catholic priests, but any religious signs outside churches or private homes, such as crosses, clerical garb, bell ringing, remained prohibited. Around 8:00am the king decided to leave his palace and seek safety with his wife and children in the Assembly that was gathered in permanent session in Salle du Manège opposite to the Tuileries. Britain had 5 million, Spain had 8 million, and the Austrian Habsburgs had around 8 million. A great deal of physical and financial damage was done during the world wars, foreign investments were cashed in to pay for the wars, the Russian Bolsheviks expropriated large-scale investments, postwar inflation demolished cash holdings, stocks and bonds plunged during the Great Depression, and progressive taxes ate away at accumulated wealth. The Treaty of Ryswick in 1697 confirmed French sovereignty over Alsace, yet rejected its claims to Luxembourg. Carolingian power reached its fullest extent under Pepin's son, Charlemagne. In an open letter on 3 September the radical Marat incited the rest of France to follow the Parisian example. [268] While not officially abandoning NATO, he withdrew from its military integrated command, fearing that the United States had too much control over NATO. [265], Proclaiming grandeur essential to the nature of France, de Gaulle initiated his "Politics of Grandeur. Marat was quickly acquitted but the incident further acerbated the 'Girondins' versus 'Montagnards' party strife in the convention. Wartime damage to the economy was severe, and apart from gold reserves, France had inadequate resources to recover on its own. ", Laurent Mucchielli, "Autumn 2005: A review of the most important riot in the history of French contemporary society. The railways probably helped the industrial revolution in France by facilitating a national market for raw materials, wines, cheeses, and imported manufactured products. Its army helped restore the Spanish monarch in 1823. The problem of high unemployment has yet to be resolved. Proclamation of the abolition of the monarchy, Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Robespierre and the Terror | History Today", "J.E. France only controlled Catalonia and Navarre and could have been definitely expelled from the Iberian peninsula had the Spanish armies attacked again, but the Spanish did not.[90]. [citation needed], After two months the French army moved in to retake Paris, with pitched battles fought in working-class neighbourhoods. Austria and Turkey collapsed, and the Kaiser's government fell. This group was asked to approve a new land tax that would, for the first time, include a tax on the property of nobles and clergy. [240] Conditions were very difficult for housewives, as food was short as well as most necessities. Duke Odo the Great defeated a major invading force at Toulouse in 721 but failed to repel a raiding party in 732. The current republic was established after World War Two and the occupation of France. In 2002 Alliance Base, an international Counterterrorist Intelligence Center, was secretly established in Paris. [39] The largest settlement was New France, with the towns of Quebec City (1608) and Montreal (fur trading post in 1611, Roman Catholic mission established in 1639, and colony founded in 1642). Within France proper, the organized underground grew as the Vichy regime resorted to more strident policies in order to fulfill the enormous demands of the Nazis and the eventual decline of Nazi Germany became more obvious. [citation needed], Long before any Roman settlements, Greek navigators settled in what would become Provence. Charles X was deposed and replaced by King Louis-Philippe in the July Revolution. When France was negotiating with the Netherlands about purchasing Luxembourg in 1867, the Prussian Kingdom threatened the French government with war. More administrative reforms were made by Philip IV, also called Philip the Fair (reigned 1285–1314). In January 1886, Georges Boulanger became Minister of War. As a consequence, Austria was left alone against a Franco-Spanish alliance and faced a military disaster. Each department had the identical administrative structure, and was tightly controlled by a prefect appointed by Paris. There was a general consensus that important powers that had been an open collaboration with the Germans should be nationalized, such as Renault automobiles and the major newspapers. This design was intended to achieve political and cultural goals rather than maximize efficiency. 1815–1840: irregular, but sometimes fast growth The Falloux Laws provided universal primary schooling in France and expanded opportunities for secondary schooling. Steven Erlangerjan, "Days of Sirens, Fear and Blood: 'France Is Turned Upside Down'", strong economic, cultural, military and political factor, dependencies in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Britain's success in the Seven Years' War, signing an alliance with the Americans in 1778, and sending an army and navy, Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau. The bishop still ruled his diocese (which was aligned with the new department boundaries), but could only communicate with the pope through the government in Paris. However, renewed inflation canceled the gains in wage rates, unemployment did not fall, and economic recovery was very slow. Through targeted inundations of polders by breaking dykes, the French invasion of the Dutch Republic was brought to a halt. [276][277], Economic troubles continued into the early years of the presidency of François Mitterrand. Prince Louis (the future Louis VIII, reigned 1223–26) was involved in the subsequent English civil war as French and English (or rather Anglo-Norman) aristocracies were once one and were now split between allegiances. Louis VI was more a soldier and warmongering king than a scholar. As a response to the failure of the Weimar Republic to pay reparations in the aftermath of World War I, France occupied the industrial region of the Ruhr as a means of ensuring repayments from Germany. The debts left over from World War I, whose payment had been suspended since 1931, was renegotiated in the Blum-Byrnes agreement of 1946. [134], Because of the constant threats to the throne, the July Monarchy began to rule with a stronger and stronger hand. [38] Jacques Cartier was one of the great explorers who ventured deep into American territories during the 16th century. An interim Provisional Government of the French Republic was quickly put into place by de Gaulle. The Waldeck-Rousseau Ministry (1899–1902) and the Combes Ministry (1902–05) fought with the Vatican over the appointment of bishops. Napoleon abdicated on 6 April 1814, and was exiled to Elba. German and Allied armies produced essentially a matched pair of trench lines from the Swiss border in the south to the North Sea coast of Belgium. The war was concluded by the Treaty of Paris (1783); the United States became independent. In February 1787, the king's finance minister, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, convened an Assembly of Notables, a group of nobles, clergy, bourgeoisie, and bureaucrats selected in order to bypass the local parliaments. Prussia was then becoming a new threat, as it had gained substantial territory from Austria. However the monasteries with their vast land holdings and political power were gone; much of the land had been sold to urban entrepreneurs who lacked historic connections to the land and the peasants. Berenson, Edward, and Vincent Duclert, eds. Debatable or disputed rulers are in italics. Although a king weak in power, Robert II's efforts were considerable. Peace was settled in the Treaty of Vienna (1738), according to which France would annex, through inheritance, the Duchy of Lorraine. In March 2012, a Muslim radical named Mohammed Merah shot three French soldiers and four Jewish citizens, including children in Toulouse and Montauban. The First Republic lasted until the declaration of the First French Empire in 1804 under Napoleon I. This led to the ascension of the Huguenot Henry IV; in order to bring peace to a country beset by religious and succession wars, he converted to Catholicism. Because of the revolutionary unrest in Paris, the centre of the Thiers government was located at Versailles. The transportation system was in total shambles – the Allies had bombed out the railways and the bridges, and the Germans had destroyed the port facilities. Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 finally caused France and Britain to declare war against Germany. [11], The Goths retired to Toledo in what would become Spain. Fourteen of the accused proved to be French citizens of Alsace. Napoleon III suffered stronger and stronger criticism from Republicans like Jules Favre, and his position seemed more fragile with the passage of time. Due to internal instability, caused by hyperinflation of the paper monies called Assignats,[7] and French military disasters in 1798 and 1799, the Directory lasted only four years, until overthrown in 1799. ", Philip Nord "The welfare state in France, 1870–1914. "Church and state in France since the Revolution,", Harison, Casey. [258] That left South Vietnam standing alone. Financial support in military cooperation with Poland was also a policy. With most of the Assembly still favoring a constitutional monarchy rather than a republic, the various groups reached a compromise. Often they worked in alliance with Masonic lodges. The terms for the peace inflicted upon the Spanish kingdoms in the Treaty of the Pyrenees (1659) were harsh, as France annexed Northern Catalonia.[37]. Napoleon working with Georges-Eugène Haussmann spent lavishly to rebuild the city into a world-class showpiece. The new elite — the "noblesse d'empire" — ridiculed the other group as an outdated remnant of a discredited regime that had led the nation to disaster. The first Barre plan emerged on 22 September 1976, with a priority to stop inflation. The foreign threat exacerbated France's political turmoil amid the French Revolution and deepened the passion and sense of urgency among the various factions. By these means he consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution. [77], France was still waging wars, in 1798 in Egypt, Switzerland, Rome, Ireland, Belgium and against the U.S.A., in 1799 in Baden-Württemberg. Henry, King of Navarre, scion of the Bourbon family, would be victorious in the conflict and establish the French Bourbon dynasty. "The Re-establishment of Relations between France and the Vatican in 1921.". It opened an era of cooperation between Church and state that lasted until the Jules Ferry laws reversed course in 1879. [130] In response, he tried repression but that only aggravated the crisis as suppressed deputies, gagged journalists, students from the University and many working men of Paris poured into the streets and erected barricades during the "three glorious days" (French Les Trois Glorieuses) of 26–29 July 1830. Bishops, priests, nuns and other religious people were paid salaries by the state. France has also been actively involved against international terrorism. "[266][267] He demanded complete autonomy for France in world affairs, which meant that major decisions could not be forced upon it by NATO, the European Community or anyone else. The Marshall Plan set up intensive tours of American industry. Republicans, at first hostile to empire, only became supportive when Germany after 1880 started to build their own colonial empire. Refer to the following link: The executive power lay with five directors – hence the name 'Directory' for this form of government – with a five-year mandate, each year one of them being replaced. The soldiers were reluctant to attack; Mutiny was a factor as soldiers said it was best to wait for the arrival of millions of Americans. 1860–1882: slowing down; In doing this, they officially abolished the monarchy. On 20 April 1792, France declared war on Austria. [107] Out of a nation of 27 million people, only 80,000 to 90,000 were allowed to vote in 1820, and the richest one-fourth of them had two votes. Economic historians call the era from about 1475 to 1630 the "beautiful 16th century" because of the return of peace, prosperity and optimism across the nation, and the steady growth of population. However, the couple disagreed over the burning of more than a thousand people in Vitry during the conflict against the Count of Champagne.[19]. Finally, a compromise was achieved with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. [108], The great masses of the French people were peasants in the countryside, or impoverished workers in the cities. Capet had been "Duke of the Franks" and then became "King of the Franks" (Rex Francorum). [71] The Vendéan army since October roaming through Brittany on 12 December 1793 again ran up against Republican troops and saw 10,000 of its rebels perish, meaning the end of this once threatening army. King Philip V of Spain had to withdraw from the conflict, confronted with the reality that Spain was no longer a great power in Europe. The Bourbons were restored, but left a weak record and one branch was overthrown in 1830 and the other branch in 1848 as Napoleon's nephew was elected president. The Church was allowed to operate its own seminaries and to some extent local schools as well, although this became a central political issue into the 20th century. [164], An election on 26 March 1871 in Paris produced a government based on the working class. [257] At the Geneva Conference in July 1954 Mendès France made a deal that gave the Viet Minh control of Vietnam north of the seventeenth parallel, and allowed France to pull out all its forces. Some soldiers of the regular army units fraternized with the rebels and the revolt escalated. The railway system had yet to make an appearance. King Louis VII was deeply horrified by the event and sought penitence by going to the Holy Land. The National Assembly brought De Gaulle back to power during the May 1958 crisis. Under heavy pressure the French withdrew securing Anglo-Egyptian control over the area. [citation needed] He saw the bourgeoisie as the enemy. [87], In order to ruin the British economy, Napoleon set up the Continental System in 1807, and tried to prevent merchants across Europe from trading with British. When in 1620 the Huguenots proclaimed a constitution for the 'Republic of the Reformed Churches of France', the chief minister Cardinal Richelieu (1585–1642) invoked the entire powers of the state to stop it. [8] Later, the Consul of Gaul — Julius Caesar — conquered all of Gaul. In an attempt to keep control of the process and prevent the Assembly from convening, Louis XVI ordered the closure of the Salle des États where the Assembly met. [89], This occupation of the Iberian peninsula fueled local nationalism, and soon the Spanish and Portuguese fought the French using guerilla tactics, defeating the French forces at the Battle of Bailén (June and July 1808). This evolved into the Saintonge War (1242). [68] Late August 1793, an army general had been guillotined on the accusation of choosing too timid strategies on the battlefield. In the 1920s, France established an elaborate system of border defences called the Maginot Line, designed to fight off any German attack. The intervention was a failure, and France accepted the American solution to the reparations issues, as expressed in the Dawes Plan and the Young Plan. They opposed church schools. James McMillan, "Catholic Christianity in France from the Restoration to the separation of church and state, 1815–1905." Strikes and worker demonstrations became more common as the workers gave vent to these frustrations. The conflict climaxed in 451 at the Battle of Châlons, in which the Romans and Goths defeated Attila. In 1797, France conquered Rhineland, Belgium and much of Italy, and unsuccessfully attacked Wales. Unions themselves were divided among communist, Socialist, and Christian Democrat factions. The Gauls, the largest and best attested group, were Celtic people speaking what is known as the Gaulish language. Peace did not last, and war between France and Spain again resumed. Great Britain and France attacked Egypt and built an alliance with Israel against Nasser. [65] On 26 August, the Assembly decreed the deportation of refractory priests in the west of France, as "causes of danger to the fatherland", to destinations like French Guiana. [167] Amidst the rumors of right-wing intrigue and/or coups by the Bonapartists or Bourbons in 1874, the National Assembly set about drawing up a new constitution that would be acceptable to all parties. His reign saw the French royal domain and influence greatly expanded. ", Gilles Pison, "La population de la France en 2005,", Joachim Remak, "1914--The Third Balkan War: Origins Reconsidered. The result was that the number of parish clergy plunged from 60,000 in 1790 to 25,000 in 1815, many of them elderly. "Paris is worth a Mass," he reputedly said. On 6 June 1944 the Allies landed in Normandy (without a French component); on 15 August Allied forces landing in Provence, this time they included 260,000 men of the French First Army. Both proved to be complete failures for the French King. Spain, allied to France by the Family Compact, and the Dutch Republic also joined the war on the French side. Over two million people died in two famines in 1693 and 1710. "The French Enlightenment Network. The Bourbon Philip of Anjou was designated heir to the throne of Spain as Philip V. The Habsburg Emperor Leopold opposed a Bourbon succession, because the power that such a succession would bring to the Bourbon rulers of France would disturb the delicate balance of power in Europe. Ironically, Louis-Napoleon Boneparte was elected the President of this "second republic" in 1848, which he overthrew in a coup in 1851 (becoming emperor, Napoleon III) of the second French Empire.With the defeat of the French in the Franco-Prussian War in the early 1970's (Napoleon III was actually captured by the Germans in 1870) and the failure of the Paris Commune in 1871, the Empire was formally … The president rejected the constitution and made himself emperor as Napoleon III. [243] On 13 October 1946, a new constitution established the Fourth Republic. [185], When Leo XIII became pope in 1878 he tried to calm Church-State relations. (The first French republic had been formed during the French Revolution.) [113] Conservative Catholics held control of the national government, 1820–30, but most often played secondary political roles or had to fight the assault from republicans, liberals, socialists and seculars. The complex multiple overlapping legal jurisdictions of the old regime had all been abolished, and there was now one standardized legal code, administered by judges appointed by Paris, and supported by police under national control. Civil marriage became compulsory, divorce was introduced and chaplains were removed from the army. What is now France made up the bulk of the region known to the Romans as Gaul. France was nevertheless a nation divided internally on notions of ideology, religion, class, regionalisms, and money. [70], By the summer of 1793, most French departments in one way or another opposed the central Paris government, and in many cases 'Girondins', fled from Paris after 2 June, led those revolts. [154], Such an event was more than France could possibly accept. In reaction, peasants in the Vendée took over a town, in another step toward civil war. "[198], The population held steady from 40.7 million in 1911, to 41.5 million in 1936. [16] He was recorded to be recognised king by the Gauls, Bretons, Danes, Aquitanians, Goths, Spanish and Gascons. [156] Later, when Paris was encircled by German troops, Gambetta fled Paris by means of a hot air balloon and he became the virtual dictator of the war effort which was carried on from the rural provinces. Today, France is said to be in it's third republic. Travel was usually faster by ocean ship or river boat. Louis II de Bourbon had captured Franche-Comté, but in face of an indefensible position, Louis XIV agreed to the peace of Aachen. The French Third Republic (French: La Troisième République, sometimes written as La IIIe République) was the system of government adopted in France from 1870, when the Second French Empire collapsed during the Franco-Prussian War, until 10 July 1940 after France's defeat by Nazi Germany in World War II led to the formation of the Vichy government in France. Some Phocean great navigators, such as Pytheas, were born in Marseille. 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