France going into Germany's Ruhr in 1923 to collect reparations outraged Germans, damaged Germany economically and gave impetus to a leap in the growth of the fascist movement in Germany. By playing to Germany's sensitivities and allowing Germany to better recover economically, France would have been helping itself. Instead, France, was ruled by small-mindedness. The French political Right were denying their contribution to the creation of war in 1914. France had lost in its offensive into Germany ad Germany had succeeded in occupying French territory. Germany was not blameless in its pushing into France, but France's demand for compensation from Germans to rested on its military failure more than it did on Germany's greater immorality – nothing for the French to be so righteous about.
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