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What was the relation between Germany and France before World War 1?


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January 18, 2008 3:52PM

Relations between the two countries had been very bad indeed since the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The terms imposed on France at the end of the war were harsh. Most of Alsace and Lorraine was annexed by Germany despite the fact that the inhabitants regarded themselves as French. In addition, France had to pay very high reparations. In France many wanted revenge. In the 1890s Bismarck said that the peace treaty he had imposed on France in 1871 had been a blunder as it had created a 'permanent enemy' of Germany.