- Feb 2019
At this point we can speculate and end up with just guesses as an alternate WWI or even no WWI can end up with anything. We can see a communist France if Germany wins, as with the Paris Commune in 1871, though this will likely be much larger. If Russia doesn't enter the alliance with France they would likely be intimidated by Germany still and would likely suffer political problems. They already had a revolution during the Russo-Japanese War. I think that saying that all would be well if France doesn't make form the Entente is a bit naive. It might be well, it might be better, it might be worse. We can't know.Okay I'll take back the "all" and say "many". With the USSR referring specifically to the fall of the Russian Empire, not Communism(and I don't think Communism existed per Marx's writings). Also seeing successful "Communist" revolutions only happen in agrarian societies and never in industrial ones, the "elsewhere" is limited to non great powers who are basically harmless, unlike the USSR. Even with China without the USSR things likely end up much better as Stalin was an influence on many of the practices that caused death and destruction there as well.
Huge difference between Fascism(which was inevitable) and what ended up happening in the 1930s and 1940s. I'm not saying the 20th century would be some magical utopia without problems, heck it could be worse given the butterfly effect who knows all I know is the most notorious issues of our timeline couldn't have happened without the French's desire to undo the status quo of 1870. With Russia in particular France recruited Russia into the alliance that got the regime overthrown.
@Visigoth Panzer France isn't alone in this, and is even one of the better ones in regards to this. If we look at Germany for an obvious example we all know what happened in the 1930s and how mad they were for WWI. Italy too was disappointed after WWI. Most Fascist countries also had some bitterness or revanchism in the interwar period. To this day we still have bitterness in Eastern Europe over WWII, feeling grief for wars that were global losses and damaged your country severely is not unusual and far from specific to France.
Were the losses not high? In WWI France had its industrial northern parts occupied and suffered a colossal amount of damage in both men and material, in WWII they were fully occupied and we all know this already I believe. They don't treat it like a ''global tragedy'' either, have they formed a military alliance against Germany post WWII? Does the grief over wars dominate French politics or is felt more than other nations today?
As for occupation zones: From 1815 to 1818 France was split into 10, 9 occupation zones and free French territory. This came after over 2 decades of global warfare that cost France many men and resources, the population was war-weary and the political order was fragile with half a century of instability and a new government every so often, France survived this pretty alright. If Germany could survive its conditions in the 20th century what makes you think France couldn't?