For this wonderful 4-part series, Olivier Courteaux has picked four of his favourite French personalities with whom he would enjoy great dinner conversation!
You may know the names – but not the stories behind them.
Georges Clemenceau fought all his life to consolidate the republican system in France. First hated by the right for his anti-Church stance, then by the left for his tough law and order discourse and his fight against pacifism, this man, full of contradiction, who defined himself as a mix of “anarchist and conservative”, never hesitated to defend causes he believed in, worked hard to rehabilitate captain Alfred Dreyfus, wrongly accused of spying on behalf of Germany, denounced corruption at the highest levels of government and, ultimately, at the age of 76 led France to victory in 1918.
In the series:
Jan. 25: Talleyrand
Feb. 1: Clemenceau
Feb. 15: Josephine Baker
Feb. 22: Simone Veil