François Roth, Raymond Poincaré (1860-1934), un meusien au destin national, Département de la Meuse, published by Serge Domini, 2016. ISBN : 978-2-35475-114-2, 8 €.

 

Raymond Poincaré (1860-1934) is one of the most prominent figures in Meuse’s contemporary history. A lawyer, an academic and an influential political player under the Third Republic, he was elected President of the Republic on 17 January 1913 and his remains inextricably synonymous with the First World War. His term of office spanned the entire Great War, which had a profound influence on his political career.

Originally from Bar-le-Duc, Raymond Poincaré enjoyed a special relationship with the Meuse department, where he presided over many institutions, including the Conseil Général. He particularly liked to wander round the gardens at his Sampigny residence, which now accommodates a museum in his memory. François Roth, a distinguished professor at the University of Lorraine and a prominent historian of contemporary Lorraine, delivers a richly documented work illustrated using collections from the Raymond Poincaré Museum in Sampigny.