I don't think so, as I alluded, the French have a long history of anticlericalism and are rabid about preventing an alliance between church and state. After the fall of the Third Empire and the mess the Communards made, there was a bloodbath of purges, arrests, kangaroo courts and executions. Ironically, the Germans hadn't left the country yet, and in some places were still garrisoning parts of the country watching this crazy stuff go on around them. They found it incomprehensible. Histories of the Franco-Prussian War in English can be a bit hard to come by, but Michael Howard's The Franco-Prussian War is quite comprehensive. If you like French literature, Emile Zola is your man for the FP War: Nana, The Debacle, etc. There's also a chapter early in The Debacle which describes two of the central characters putting up a tent d'abri which any reenactor will recognize.
Originally Posted by jjack
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