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Why did France occupy Germany's Ruhr Valley in 1923?

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September 17, 2014 5:29PM

France occupied Germany's Ruhr Valley in 1923, partly for the economic goods of coal, iron, and steel production, and partly to ensure reparations were paid in goods. The German mark was worthless, and Chancellor Wilhelm Cuno had failed to pay reparations after World War I.