Government Leaders

Politicians and city leaders, including the president, prime minister, and police chief, visited the victims to show their sympathy and quickly began passing legislation to authorize millions of francs worth of loans, grants, and assistance. They had to do their work in the dim light of old fashioned oil lamps once the power in the National Assembly building went out.

Paris City Council President Ernest Caron stood before the members and lauded the fact that "everyone had played a role in the good work; every citizen, every association, every group, each part of the administration, civilian and military, everyone has fought with zeal and courage. Every social and political difference has disappeared and blended, in the same spirit, towards those who are cold, toward those who are hungry." Everyone in the chamber shouted back in agreement: "Très bien! Très bien!"

Poiliticians Surveying the Damage