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What Happened in the World 100 Years Ago - 04/07/1920

French occupied the Ruhr [French occupied the Ruhr] Angry mobs of German civilians were marching through the streets of Frankfurt, taunting French soldiers. The troops, most of them colonial forces recruited from the native populations of the French Empire, were responding with gunfire. At least seven civilians were killed, including three women and a boy. The atmosphere in the city was tense, and French armored cars patrol the streets. The troops were under orders to fire again if the Germans became unruly. The incidents in the Ruhr Basin had whipped France into an anti-German frenzy. The French did not give the Allies advance warning of the military action, and they were likely to oppose it.

[中文] 法国人占领了鲁尔  

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