100 years on, France remembers murdered political hero Jaures
Published on Jul 31, 2014 10:54 PM
PARIS (AFP) - France on Thursday paid tribute to socialist Jean Jaures, one of its greatest political heroes, a century after he was assassinated on the eve of World War I which he had tirelessly fought to prevent.
Jaures is a major historical figure in France and both the French left and right now seek to lay claim to his legacy - much to the irritation of the country's far left.
The socialist leader and founder of France's L'Humanite newspaper was shot dead in a Paris cafe on July 31, 1914, by a young French nationalist.
Raoul Villain, 29, had opposed Jaures' pacifism, favouring instead a new war with Germany to recover both French pride and territories lost in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1.
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