Gustave Hervé (1871–1944) at the Extremes of the French Third Republic
Chapter 23 The Reawakened Parti Socialiste National and the Elections of 1928
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When France’s financial situation became critical in late 1925 and early 1926, Hervé appeared to transcend much of his own binary vision in the interests of France. He returned to the days of World War I by demanding a Dictatorship of Public Safety made up of all the non-Marxist Republicans who had ever headed a French government. Decree laws were needed and all doctrines as well as parties had to be forgotten because France was in danger. In fact, the financial crisis actually reinforced his belief that the parliamentary system did not work in a crisis, and he hoped to use the situation to recreate a new Union Sacrée so that France would not have to wait until 1928 for a resolution to its problems.1 Hervé the visionary was always capable of a certain realism whenever a crisis threatened the nation. Though he never gave up his goal for a République Autoritaire, in a crisis a modicum of unity, order, and harmony would have to suffice if a temporary end to political squabbling and self interested behavior were all that could be achieved. In early 1926 that meant telling the Right to support a Briand Ministry. No ministerial crisis could be tolerated at such a critical moment. France was much more important than any party, program, or organization. Hervé described the Briand Ministry as a time of peace and détente. It was a stage on the path to a Ministry of National Concentration and...
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