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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 5:57pm

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Monaco Grand Prix
Saturday, May 29, 1948 - The Monaco Grand Prix is held.

... so I guess no one won the race. :)

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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 6:15pm

Oh my. Someone has stirred the pot in Damascus. This can't end well. 8)

The result of long-standing trends, ultimately. During the late 1930s, Syria accepted the treaty as they were concerned about the events occurring with perceived Persian and Bharati aggression. These days, those threats have settled down and been forgotten. Stepping out of the defense treaty with France gives Damascus a bit more flexibility in responding to the circumstances that face them. :evil:


Janko Bobetko forwards latest set of sales catalogs to relevant Syrian functionaries...

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Wednesday, March 7th 2018, 6:47pm

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Janko Bobetko forwards latest set of sales catalogs to relevant Syrian functionaries...

High quality, low prices. Low quality, even lower prices. :)

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Thursday, March 8th 2018, 9:52am

Oh my. Someone has stirred the pot in Damascus. This can't end well. 8)

The result of long-standing trends, ultimately. During the late 1930s, Syria accepted the treaty as they were concerned about the events occurring with perceived Persian and Bharati aggression. These days, those threats have settled down and been forgotten. Stepping out of the defense treaty with France gives Damascus a bit more flexibility in responding to the circumstances that face them. :evil:


Turkey will be watching these events unfold with some interest...

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Thursday, March 8th 2018, 9:56am

As will Britain. They don't want any instability to affect the delicate situation in Palestine.

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Tuesday, March 13th 2018, 2:08pm

Majority Denied - But a New Coalition Rises
Wednesday, June 2, 1948 - The Alliance Républicaine failed to pick up a majority of Parliamentary seats in Sunday's election, gaining only two votes, both in Bretagne. However, the center-left Front Républicaine suffered significant losses in some of its traditional strongholds, and the Parti socialiste français also lost two seats. Surprisingly, the true beneficiary of the election turned out to be the Union pour la Démocratie Française (Union for French Democracy), an electoral alliance of the Union républicaine lorraine (Lorraine Republican Union), the Mouvement républicain, and four other minor right-wing parties, which espouse social conservatism.

Having picked up a sufficient number of seats in the election, the new UDF has agreed to form a further coalition with the Alliance Républicaine, replacing the center-left Front Républicaine as the junior partner to form the government.

Film Opens Despite Italian Protest
Friday, June 4, 1948 - The historical drama Matari, directed by Charles Monin, which shows the struggle of the Senussid leader Omar Mukhtar against the Italian occupation forces, opens in French cinemas. The film has gone ahead despite the protest of the Italian ambassador, who complained that the film shows the Italians engaging in war crimes against the population of Libya, and asked for the film to be removed from theatres prior to opening showings.

Michelet Confirmed PM, Forms Government
Wednesday, June 9, 1948 - Edmond Michelet, previously Vice President of the Council during the Delattre, Maillard, and Aubert governments, has been elevated to the President of the Council of Ministers. He brings with him a new government formed by the coalition of AR and UDF. A number of ministers and secretaries employed by the previous governments are already said to be included in the new Council, including Madeline Barthelemy, former Minister of Finance, who is currently expected to advance to Vice President of the Council, becoming the first woman to sit in this post.

Among the faces who will not return to the government, however, is longtime Minister of National Defense and War Jean-Marie Lemaréchal, who had already announced his resignation. Lemaréchal has served in his post across multiple governments for the last seven years. Nominated as his replacement is parliamentarian Édouard Delcroix (r. Dieppe), a conservative politician who championed the coastal-defense bill (the last act of the previous parliament) along with Dunkerque assemblyman Martin Deshayes.

Mid-air Refueling Tested
Thursday, June 17, 1948 - The French Air Force used a pair of heavily-modified Dominator heavy bombers to test an aerial in-flight refueling scheme. The first aircraft, equipped as a 'flying fuel station', twice refueled the second recipient Dominator, allowing it to remain airborne for thirty-six hours, flying back and forth on a long route between Brest and Corsica.

24 Hours of Le Mans
Saturday, June 19, 1948 - British drivers Jack Hay and Tommy Wisdom achieved victory in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race, driving Hay's privately-owned 1939 Bentley 4.25 Litre Embiricos Pourtout Coupé, achieving a score of 230. The English narrowly edged out a challenge from Frenchmen Marius Savoye and Charles Vallée, driving a DB5 (Deutsch-Bonnet 5), who placed second, finishing only a point behind the leaders. Third place fell to Colin Hervieux dit Lespérance and his Swiss co-driver Roget Carron, driving a Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport (GS).

Salon des Tuileries
Friday, June 25, 1948 - The Salon des Tuileries, an art and sculpture show, opens in Paris.

Tour de France Begins
Wednesday, June 30, 1948 - The world's most famous bicycle race kicked off today.

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Thursday, February 14th 2019, 10:39pm

Hôtel de Brienne (French Ministry of National Defense), Paris, France
Friday, June 25, 1948

"Well, I believe that finishes up my list of items," Minister of National Defense Édouard Delcroix said. "Are there any questions?"

Comte de Rochefort raised a finger. "Might I have another fifteen minutes of your time, Minister? In private?"

Delcroix nodded. He knew the head of the Dieuxeme Bureau hated attending anything approaching a staff meeting. Delcroix' predecessor, the battle-scarred Lemaréchal, had allowed de Rochefort to send his deputy in his place to important staff functions, but Delcroix himself, after some false starts, insisted on the intransigent spymaster's presence. de Rochefort had dutifully shown up for his first staff meeting, and his contributions had proven invaluable. Delcroix expected the Comte intended to push back, perhaps even complain about the demand - but Delcroix did not intend to yield. No matter how capable de Rochefort was as a spymaster, it did no good for France or the rest of the Ministry of National Defense to let him carry his own reins.

The rest of the attendees filed out of the room, leaving Delcroix and de Rochefort alone. "There was something you wished to discuss?"

de Rochefort opened his briefcase and withdrew a thin folio, which he presented to Delcroix. "I have an ambitious young fellow in my employ who proposed this operation to me. I rather like the idea, but it requires your review and approval. If it goes backwards, it could present a political problem."

Delcroix tilted his head and started reading. It didn't take long - it was only three pages - and he found the proposal "...interesting, to say the least," he said thoughtfully, upon finishing. "It's certainly bold, I'll give you that. And you're right. If something like this comes up, it'd probably be your job or mine. Do you want an answer today?"

"Not necessary," de Rochefort said. "I gave permission to start planning. It will be six months or so before anyone could actually move on this, however - and I will need to bring the Navy into it. They have control of the crucial assets, and will have ultimate control of the operation itself."

"Have you run this past the admiral?"

"No, but the seeds have been planted." de Rochefort steepled his fingers and sat back in his chair. "You have no thoughts or questions?"

Delcroix shrugged. "Not at the moment. I do see the wisdom in something like this, although we might need to lower the risks somewhat. It does fit with what I'd like to see for my tenure as Minister, however."

de Rochefort appeared somewhat surprised, though he covered it almost immediately. "I see."

"Perhaps the best way to proceed," Delcroix said, leaning into the topic, "is for you and I to meet with the Navy soon. As you say, they control the crucial assets, and we'll ultimately be putting them at risk. I will schedule a meeting to discuss it with the admiral next week; in the meantime, continue with your initial planning. Eventually the project will need to be handed over to one of their own officers, but that's no excuse for not giving them a good foundation stone."

"You don't intend to bring this to Clemenceau or Michelet?"

"I'll bring it to the Council later," Delcroix said judiciously. "Even if they shut it down, I'd like to continue through the planning stage at least."

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Thursday, February 14th 2019, 10:45pm

Interesting... the Comte de Rochefort has a plan... very interesting.

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Friday, February 15th 2019, 10:41am

*strokes beard* very interesting .