How did the Treaty of Versailles impact France at the time and now?

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The Treaty of Versailles has impacted France in various ways. When the peace treaty was signed, it brought peace to France and the rest of Europe.  It also called for Germany to be weakened significantly. The goal was to reduce Germany’s military so it could only defend itself.  Germany also had to return the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine to France. Germany had taken these from France in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-1871.  Finally, Germany was going to repay France and the rest of the Allies $33 billion for war damages.

However, many of these things didn’t happen or were short-lived if they did. As a result of this treaty, Germany longed for revenge.  Adolf Hitler came to power, and soon France was in another world war.  France is still dealing with the impact of World War II. There are many cemeteries throughout France where the war dead are buried.  The land was also damaged from the fighting that took place there.

The Versailles Treaty has had a big impact on France since it went into effect after World War I.

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