The Colonies and the French Colonialists

  • Christopher Andrew


AT a crucial stage in his early career Delcassé had shown himself prepared to run the risk of losing votes rather than qualify his support for the cause of French expansion. In March 1885, after a minor military reverse in Tonkin, the prime minister, Jules Ferry, was swept from office and his political career brought to an abrupt conclusion by the strength of opposition to his forward policy in IndoChina. Immediately after Ferry’s downfall Delcassé called on him as an open gesture of support. He identified himself so successfully with Ferry’s policies that when he arrived to begin his election campaign in the Ariège during the following autumn he was greeted with shouts of ‘À bas Ferry’ and ‘À bas le Tonkinois’.1


Ivory Coast Foreign Minister Foreign Competition French Colonialist Guinea Coast 
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  • Christopher Andrew
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  1. 1.CambridgeUSA

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