Well, that's going to stick in my craw.French Communist Party leader Léon Blum in 1937 (Studio Piaz)
Ah, yes, that political juggernaut, with their six deputés and three more through by-elections. Whose progression in the polls in 38-39 came from deradicalization rather than going farther right which the PPF did... without success.Another is to have La Rocque’s French Social Party win the 1936 election, which I prefer, as it would mirror Hitler’s democratic rise to power in Germany.
It's part and parcel of ignoring the fact that Italy was involved in WWI."France loses WW1 and goes Fascist because reasons" is one of the more annoying clichés of Central Powers victory TLs. They blithely ignore that the first European country to embrace Fascism was actually one of the victors of WW1.
There's a tendency to make the Croix-de-Feu and the parties that grew out of it into "the Nazis, but French" because, hey look at all that marching and those scary symbols. This ignores much of the group's actual politics, but hey, you've got to have the parallels, amirite? (Which shouldn't be taken as denying that they had a nasty authoritarian streak.)Also, I won't say much positive about La Roque, but the man had the opportunity for turning a hostile march into a coup and didn't, denounced totalitarianism and racism, and in so far as he was for war, it was because he didn't think Hitler's aggression should be taken lying down. And even he endorsed Munich.
IIRC, it was also a deliberate decision to say "this is now the fourth republic and not the third restored" after the liberation?I do wish more alternate history dealt with the idea that the Third Republic lasted from 1871 to 1940, which perhaps suggests that it wasn't quite as unstable and doomed to inevitable collapse as the lazy memes suggest
Technically, saying that the Fourth Republic was replaced by the Fifth was also a marketing ploy. Really, it should have remained the Third one all along.IIRC, it was also a deliberate decision to say "this is now the fourth republic and not the third restored" after the liberation?
It's probably because Italy was laughable - she was certainly portrayed laughably - and Hitler wasn't even remotely funny."France loses WW1 and goes Fascist because reasons" is one of the more annoying clichés of Central Powers victory TLs. They blithely ignore that the first European country to embrace Fascism was actually one of the victors of WW1.
Not quite what I meant. On her own, Italy was pretty ineffective. Italy without Nazi Germany wouldn't be much of a threat to anyone in 1939 Europe. Germany, on the other hand, came very close to winning, killed millions and left the continent in ruins.