Clemenceau, Georges (1841-1929) French statesman, journalist, premier (1906-09, 1917-20), and minister of war, nicknamed the Tiger. For several years before World War I broke out, Clemenceau wrote against Germany and advocated French military preparedness. Becoming prime minister in 1917 after three years of war, Clemenceau restored France's morale and will to win, and advocated a unified allied command. After the armistice, he led the French delegation at the Paris Peace Conference, where he pressed for German disarmament. He opposed President Woodrow Wilson and David Lloyd George's plans for a League of Nations, preferring instead an anti-German alliance. He was dissatisfied with the Treaty of Versailles, but succeeded in persuading Wilson to continue U.S. and Allied military occupation of the Rhineland.
Clemenceau regarded Wilson as too idealistic and is reported to have quipped about Wilson's Fourteen Points, The good Lord had only ten.
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