ON 6 June 1905, the day of Delcassé’s resignation, Büllow was made a prince. Germany appeared to have gained her greatest victory since the Franco-Prussian War. Rouvier, for his part, had assumed that Germany would acknowledge the sacrifice of Delcassé by ceasing to insist on an international conference and agreeing to direct talks on Morocco. To his surprise he found Germany’s position unchanged. Having insisted on a conference, Bülow and Holstein felt unable to back down, and on 8 July Rouvier reluctantly agreed to their demand.1 England was deeply disturbed by the new direction of French diplomacy. France appeared to Lansdowne to have ‘thrown Delcassé overboard in a fit of panic’. ‘Of course the result is’, he told Bertie on 12 June, ‘that the “entente” is quoted at a much lower price than it was a fortnight ago.’2 In Balfour’s view France had, for the moment, ceased to count as a force in world affairs: ‘If, therefore, Germany is really desirous of obtaining a port on the coast of Morocco, and if such a proceeding be a menace to our interests, it must be to other means than French assistance that we must look for our security.’3
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- 1.Charles Benoist, Souvenirs, iii (Paris, 1934), 116.Google Scholar