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Episode 22- Tea or Homicide: The Caillaux Affair

While World War I erupted throughout Europe, the Caillaux scandal plunged France into a chaotic murder trial that overshadowed the coming global conflict. What else do you expect to happen when a wife of the former Prime Minister murders her husband’s greatest political rival?


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The story of the Caillaux affair—a murdered newspaper editor, a web of adultery, and the road to World War I.” Lapham’s Quarterly.

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DeWaleffe, Maurice and Dulac, Jean. “L’affaire Caillaux.” Comoedia Illustre. 5 August 1914.

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Le Figaro, various issues from 1914.

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Moran, Tracy. “When a Paris Newspaper Pushed a Housewife to Murder.” OZY: A Modern Media Company. 20 August 2016.

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Udovic, Edward. “Famous Prisoners of Saint-Lazare: Henriette Caillaux.” DePaul Vincentian Collections.

Wilde, Robert. “Belle Époque or the ‘Beautiful Age’ in France.” ThoughtCo. 30 January 2019.

Music: Dellasera by Shane Ivers -

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