A Chicken in Every Pot...

I won't go into the Dreyfus Affair now, since many know all about it.  Suffice it to say that Clemenceau, Emile Zola, Jean Jaurès, Anatole France and others stood up against the state (officially allied to the Church of Rome) in defense of an officer in the army whose only crime was that of his religion.  Clemenceau is one of those most responsible for making the French republic neutral to one's religious affiliation.  In 1905 it became possible for the first time for anyone of any religion (or none) to run for any political office in the country.  But for many, this is not Clemenceau's greatest accomplishment...



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