Dazzling, free, blossoming: France in the 1920s definitively turned the page on the 19st century. The mutilated war wounded were a constant reminder of the destruction and 1.7 million dead of the Great War, but the will to live was stronger. A fresh industrial dynamic emerged with the boom in the automobile and electricity sectors. France became the world’s leading country for immigration. Industrialists appreciated “feminine qualities” in their factories.
But with the Depression in America in 1929, the first signs of disenchantment were seen.
Faced with economic crisis, the French were gripped with doubt and flirted with totalitarianism, and were groping for identity in an uncertain world.