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President of France during World War 1

President Poincare Parade is named in honour of Raymond Poincaré a French statesman who served as the President of France during the early years of World War I.

POINCARE, RAYMOND PRESIDENT OF FRANCE, 1913 Harris & Ewing Collection Wikipedia Commons Public Domain

Presidency (1913-1920)

Poincaré served as the President of France from 1913 to 1920. His presidency covered the critical period leading up to and during World War I.

Assassination Archduke Franz Ferdinand 12 July 1914. Source: Wikimedia Commons

July Crisis and Outbreak of War

Poincaré played a role in the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I. In July 1914, as tensions escalated following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, Poincaré supported the French government’s decision to honour its alliances and resist German aggression.

Mobilisation and Early War Efforts

As President, Poincaré was involved in overseeing the mobilisation of French forces and the country’s initial response to the German invasion. France faced significant challenges during the early stages of the war, including the German advance through Belgium and the trench warfare on the Western Front.


War Leadership

Poincaré worked closely with the French military and political leadership during the war. He supported the French generals, including Joseph Joffre, who played a crucial role in shaping military strategy on the Western Front.

President Poincare & Marshall Joffre 1917. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Support for Allies

Poincaré was a staunch supporter of the Allies and worked to maintain and strengthen the alliance with the United Kingdom, Russia, and other Allied powers. He participated in Allied conferences and diplomatic efforts aimed at coordinating the war effort.

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Post-War Role

After World War I, Poincaré was involved in the post-war settlement negotiations. He represented France at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 and played a role in the drafting of the Treaty of Versailles.

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Legacy

Poincaré’s presidency was marked by the challenges of wartime leadership, and he played a role in rallying the French people and maintaining the country’s commitment to the Allied cause. However, his presidency also faced criticism, particularly regarding the conduct of the war and the difficulties faced by France during the conflict.

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Raymond Poincaré’s legacy is intertwined with the tumultuous period of World War I, and his contributions to the French war effort and post-war diplomacy are notable aspects of his political career.

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President Poincare Rallied the French People

Raymond Poincaré’s presidency was marked by the challenges of wartime leadership. He played a significant role in rallying the French people and maintaining the country’s commitment to the Allied cause. However, his tenure also faced criticism, especially regarding the conduct of the war and the challenges France encountered during the conflict.

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