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I did indeed (thank you!), and as circumstances surrounding his death was different then I remembered them, I withdraw what would have been my orginal comment.

(To be less cryptic: As I remembered it, the murderer had more connections with the elite then it turns out. Had my memory been correct one could have argued that this murder was a symptom of french elites wanting the war. But that does not seem to be the case.)

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 08:14:30 PM EST
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Well, a very large share of the French wanted the war, and not only the elites. The education system, the army, had been propagandising about a revenge against the Germans since 1870.

Don't forget at the time nationalism had been a left-wing idea ; in 1870 the republicans were in favour of continuing the fight, against the monarchists and bonapartists who had agreed to an armistice.

Many events in France before the war can be understood as part of the war preparations against Germany : for example the Dreyfus affair started as a espionage scandal as Germany had gained access to secret artillery designs.

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 08:24:14 PM EST
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