Why did france recover from ww1 far quicker than Britain!?

‘Despite greater wartime damage to her economy, France recovered economically and socially from World War One far more rapidly than Britain??

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  • Ian
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    The French economy was less export based than that of the UK, and also less reliant on imports of food and raw materials. France was still very much an agricultural economy and it took only 5 years to return to pre-war levels of agricultural output. This protected it from some of the pressures on the international economy which the UK experienced. It particularly avoided the worst of the Great Depression. It still saw the Franc drop from 55F to the US$ to 5F.

    France also experienced a surge in the birthrate, and inward migration, which helped create demand. The French population went up by a quarter by 1939.

    The French Government under Poincaré actually enjoyed a budget surplus, but this led to deflation under Laval and caused social unrest which led to the election of Leon Blum's Popular Front government.

    I am not convinced that France recovered faster socially. France was far more divided than Britain, and had been even before WWI. The split between Left and Right was much deeper, and by the 1930s Paris saw rival demonstrations of a million people on each side. Vichy had its roots in the same forces that destroyed the Paris Commune in 1870.

  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Because the French government took more than 50% of the GDP. Partially due to the Franco-Prussian war, they had less distance to go to reach pre-war levels. And the colonial inheritances from the First world War and existing colonies and dominions proved to be less profitable.

    Social recovery is impossible to measure and meaningfully compare.

  • Gerald
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    France was invaded early in the war so as an active part in the war they didn't contribute as much as Britain they lost everything at the start Britain however was active through out the entire duration of the war providing masses of equipment draining all its reserves and then borrowing heavily to fund

    the fight accumilating a large debt this was the difference France just rebuilt Britain had to rebuild with

    a massive debt to pay as well

  • ?
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Another good example of "not answering the question asked" - the question is about after World War ONE - not Two !

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  • Mikel
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    Most answerers confused WW1 and WW2.

  • 7 years ago

    Because they stole Germany blind for several years under the guise of "reparations."

  • 7 years ago

    Who says so? What is the cited evidence?

  • 7 years ago

    Because France was not completely hurt unlike Britain, France was really only a path way. But Britain was bombarded. Sadly... :(

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Because France has always been stronger than the UK.

    @Gehrig, what a shitty answer! And France wasn't Bombarded? What about Verdun? Is it in the UK? Idiot.

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