By M.E. Schmidt
In 1878 Alexandre Ribot assumed his position on the left-center of the French Chamber of Deputies. From right here he all started a lifelong attempt to set up a average republic established upon his perception of liberal political values. The time appeared propitious to instill lofty objective into French political existence, for his access into the Chamber coincided with the consolidation of the republican regime following the difficulty of sixteen could. however the first wave of republican anti-clericalism published the fragility of Ribot's hopes. in the course of the subsequent 40 years, successive dramatic stages in republican heritage - Boulangism, the Dreyfus Affair, separa tion of church and kingdom, the emergence of socialism, and finally, the calls for of wartime management - might try Ribot's approach of political values. Adaptive and resilient, he subtle his definition of liberalism according to political swap and the cost that his plea for liberty and toleration had develop into as a substitute sanctuary for a privileged classification in French society.
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But from the beginning close contact existed between the two journals; the brothers Charmes and Leroy-Beaulieu, for example, frequented both editorial offices. Consequently, the negotiations opened in 1882 with the Dibats through the intermediary of Xavier Charmes became the logical exit for the moribund Parlement. Ribot resisted until the end in the hopes that a weekly could be salvaged from the wreckage. 44 Finally, at the end of 1883, the paper surrendered unceremoniously to the Dibats. Some of the staff, notably Jules Dietz but also the young de Pressense and Hippolyte Percher (Harry Alis) , moved over to work for Say.
The 1889 elections were only a year away and he had to look to his department, for, in April and again in August, Boulanger was elected deputy from the Nord. According to soundings taken by George Foissey and the prefect at Arras, the general's invasion of Pas-de-Calais was inevitable. But Ribot could not count upon help from the radical Floquet cabinet then in office to oppose Boulangism. Consequently, he rebuffed an appeal to assist a radical in the Nord against the general. "1 have enough to do in Pas-de-Calais," he said.
Parlement supported Leon Say for the post, but Jules Simon, also of the left-center, wanted to capitalize upon his popularity as leader of the fight against article seven to present his own candidacy with assured support from the monarchists. Ribot, speaking for Dufaure, fought Simon's plans by depicting the danger from the right as far greater than fears of Gambetta. Consequently, Parlement shied away from Simon's idea of a broadly based conservative party encompassing the right. 20 He clearly drew the line at the right flank.