French Third Republic

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The parliamentary regime that emerged almost by chance in 1871 after the defeat of France by the Prussians. Its chronic instability reflected the country's deep social and political divisions, its fragmented party system, and the parochialism of its politicians. Lacking legitimacy and unable to handle the domestic and external crises of the 1930s, it collapsed in 1940 under the impact of the German invasion.


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