Premier of France
twice, first 1906-1909 then again 1917-1920.
1917-1920 was, as you may know, the end of WWI
Clemenceau spoke on behalf of France
at the end of the war
as one of the "The Big Three
" powers at the Paris Peace Conference
where the Treaty of Versailles
was drawn up. France had been hurt severely during the war, suffering the most most casualties and the most humiliation
. France was very angry at Germany
and was set on a crushing revenge. Clemenceau
demanded Germany pay huge amounts of reparation
, return Alsace-Lorraine
, Germany's disarmament, the dismemberment of Germany, and all of the produce from the mines of Saar
for the next 15 years.
He was never happy with the way the treaty turned out, and ironically lost the re-election of 1920 because he was viewed as too lenient towards Germany