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National Bloc (France)

The National Bloc was a center-right coalition in France which was in power from 1919 to 1924.

Elections of 1919

Made up primarily of conservative right wing parties, such as the Fédération républicaine, Alliance démocratique, and Action libérale, the coalition had the support of various radical right wing parties as well. The Bloc wanted to continue the patriotic union sacrée which was Raymond Poincaré's coalition during World War I.

The National Bloc election campaign focused on two principal issues: Patriotism and fear of Bolshevism.

  • Patriotism: The National Bloc stressed the importance of the union sacrée and praised World War I veterans. It complained that the Treaty of Versailles lacked more German concessions, particularly the annexation of the Ruhr. The campaign was based around the slogan, "Germany will pay!" The party platform was based on programs that would be financed through German war reparations.
  • Fear of Bolshevism: Several strikes following the end of the war, along with the Russian Revolution, increased anti-communist sentiment in France.

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