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I didn't say 1933 because by then Hitler was in power. But in 1931 people laughed at the idea that Hitler would attain power, even those that ended up giving him the Chancellorship.

Also, if someone had asked you what the reaction of European democracies would be to a fascist coup in Spain, maybe you would have given the Eurogreen reply that it wouldn't have been allowed to stand. Instead, even in France,

When Stalin told French Communists to collaborate with others on the Left in 1934, the Popular Front was possible with an emphasis on unity against fascism. In 1936, the Socialists and the Radicals formed a coalition, with Communist support, called the Popular Front. Its victory in the elections of the spring of 1936 brought to power a left-wing government headed by Blum.

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Politically the Popular Front fell apart over Blum's refusal to intervene vigorously in the Spanish Civil War as demanded by the Communists.

Because you can't count on a Popular Front government to come to the aid of another Popular Front government next door.

Can one expect better from Hollande than from Blum? I don't think so.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 5th, 2013 at 02:44:49 PM EST
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