The People of Alsace and Lorraine are French!


In 1871, at the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, Alsace and most of Lorraine, which had been part of France before the war, were annexed to the newly-formed German Empire. The French bitterly resented the loss of these territories, and their recovery became a prime objective of French foreign policy and one of France’s chief aims during World War I. This poster, published in Paris in 1914, personifies the German annexation by depicting an Alsatian woman with her hand chained to a brick wall. The bold text on the poster declares, “The people of Alsace and Lorraine are French!” Text at the bottom explains that Alsace and Lorraine are ancient provinces of France and that the French armies are fighting to return these territories to an undivided France. The poster is by Lucien Jonas (1880–1947), an official French war artist who travelled extensively along the front lines and produced thousands of drawings, oil paintings, charcoals, and sketches of the conflict. In the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, Germany was forced to cede Alsace and Lorraine to France.

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J. Cussac, Paris


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Les Alsacians et les Lorrains sont Français!

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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 74 x 45 centimeters


Last updated: February 10, 2014