BAYARD & BERTALL Portrait of Jules Claude Gabriel Favre (1809-1894) ca. 1860 [R/V] - x +

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MT: albumen print on paper mounted on card (9x5 / C:10x6)

TX: inscribed with fountain pen at lower center of margin in French <J. Favre>, with pencil at rear upper center <J. Favre>, printed at center below <PHOTOGRAPHIE / BAYARD / & BERTALL / RUE·DE·LA·MADELEINE·№15 BIS>, stamped below <MAISON / ALPH. GIROUX>

PR: Maison Alphonse Giroux, Paris

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos - 2009

CM: Jules Claude Gabriel Favre (21 March 1809 - 20 January 1880) was a French statesman. After the establishment of the Third Republic in September 1871, he became one of the leader of the Opportunist Republicans faction. § He was born in Lyon, and began his career as an advocate. From the time of the revolution of 1830, he openly declared himself a republican, and in political trials he took the opportunity to express this opinion. After the revolution of 1848 he was elected deputy for Lyon to the Constituent Assembly, where he sat among the moderate republicans, voting against the socialists. When Louis Napoleon was elected President of France, Favre openly opposed him, and on 2 December 1851 he tried with Victor Hugo and others to organize armed resistance in the streets of Paris. After the coup d'état, he withdrew from politics, returned to the legal profession, and distinguished himself by his defence of Felice Orsini, the perpetrator of the attack against the life of Napoleon III. § 1858 he was elected deputy for Paris, and was one of the "Five" who gave the signal for the republican opposition to the Empire. In 1863 he became the head of his party, and delivered a number of addresses denouncing the Mexican expedition and the occupation of Rome. These addresses, eloquent, clear and incisive, won him a seat in the Académie française in 1867. § Adolphe Thiers he opposed the war against Prussia in 1870, and at the news of the defeat of Napoleon III at Sedan he demanded the deposition of the emperor. In the government of National Defence he became vice-president under General Trochu, and minister of foreign affairs, with the onerous task of negotiating peace with victorious Germany. He proved to be less adroit as a diplomat than he had been as an orator, and committed several irreparable blunders. His famous statement on 6 September 1870, that he "would not yield to Germany an inch of territory nor a single stone of the fortresses" was a piece of oratory which Bismarck met on the 19th by his declaration to Favre that Alsace and Lorraine had to be ceded as a condition of peace. § Favre opposed the removal of the government from Paris during the siege. In the peace negotiations, Bismarck got the better of him. He arranged for the armistice of 28 June 1871 without knowing the situation of the armies, and without consulting the government at Bordeaux. By a grave oversight he neglected to inform Léon Gambetta that the army of the East (80,000 men) was not included in the armistice, and it was thus obliged to retreat to neutral territory. He showed no diplomatic skill in the negotiations for the Treaty of Frankfurt, and it was Bismarck who imposed all the conditions. He withdrew from the ministry, discredited, on 2 August 1871, but remained in the Chamber of deputies. Elected Senator on 30 January 1876, he continued to support the government of the republic against the reactionary opposition, until his death on 20 January 1880. § Favre turned out to have a skeleton in his closet, although he probably never saw it as such. He had a series of children with a married woman who never got a divorce. Although Favre recognized these children as his own legally, the story did not become known generally until after 1871, when his bungling of the diplomacy with Bismarck left him a good target for political enemies. The story was released, and Favre did win damages against one of the men who released it, but whatever influence he might still have had was smashed. Ironically, it is apparent that his old opponent, Napoleon III knew of the situation, but as Favre never attacked the Emperor about his sexual affairs, the Emperor respected Favre on the same issue. § His works include many speeches and addresses, notably La Liberté de la Presse (1849), Défense de F. Orsini (1866), Discours de réception a l'Académie française (1868), Discours sur la liberté intérieure (1869). In Le Gouvernement de la Défense Nationale, 3 vols., 1871-1875, he explained his role in 1870-1871. § After his death his family published his speeches in 8 volumes. [Megakles Rogakos 12/2009]

HANOTAUX, GABRIEL ALBERT AUGUSTE Histoire de la France Contemporaine 1903
BENOÎT-LÉVY, E. Jules Favre 1884
WILLIAMS, ROGER L. Manners and Murders in the world of Louis-Napoleon 1975 University of Washington, Seattle, London, p.93-10