The Third French Republic

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Account for the survival of the Third French Republic When the 3rd French Republic came into being on the 4th September 1870 France was in the middle of the Franco- Prussian war, which they were to eventually lose. When France signed the treaty of Frankfurt in May 1871 Germany imposed 5 billion francs worth of reparations, and the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France were ceded to them. France was also to be occupied by Germany until all …

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…run the country when a president can do just as good a job. The reform of the education system and the weakening of the churches influence helped because people were not told one thing by the church and another by the government. However the various scandals that affected the republic between 1885 and 1896 did show some of the areas left untouched by the republic, such as corruption and the deep-seated divisions between various groups in France.