During the interwar years, Marin's Germanophobia was legendary. Emmanuel Berl once observed that, for Louis Marin, "French diplomacy is bad by virtue of existing at all. To discuss is already a concession, a first step down the road to disaster. To listen is a second concession, more serious than the first. To reply is a third concession and tantamount to the complete surrender of national dignity." For Marin, the distinction between good and bad Germans was absurd. William Irvine: French Conservatism in Crisis. The Republican Federation of France in the 1930s
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