Vintage Video - Joseph Caillaux's Cabinet, 1911

Joseph Caillaux served as French Prime Minister of France for a few months in 1911-12 but was jailed for a time at the close of the First World War for his radical pacifist stance.

In the midst of the Agadir Crisis Caillaux served as Prime Minister, taking office on 27 June 1911.  With war threatening with Germany - one which France was little capable of fighting at that stage - Caillaux made certain territorial concessions to Germany in Cameroon.  While sensible and justifiable, these nonetheless succeeded in infuriating a large portion of the popular press, and consequently public and politicians alike.

Reviled for being a pro-German pacifist, Caillaux was obliged to resign in January 1912.

Use the player above to view footage of Caillaux and his Cabinet filmed in 1911.

A "salient" is a battle line that projects into territory nominally held by enemy forces.

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