Lions, and Tigers, and Lizards, Oh My !

One of Clemenceau's nicknames is "The Tiger", partly because his fearlessness in the many political battles in which he engaged.  One of the most famous was the Dreyfus Affair in which Clemenceau stood with friends like Monet and the writer Emile Zola in defense of a Jewish officer falsely accused of treason by his superiors and by some fanatical members of the state sanctioned Catholic Church.  His victory in this battle exonerated Captain Dreyfus and led to the Separation of Church and State in 1905. No longer would any religious institution be in an official position to persecute members of other faiths.
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