PG | | Biography, Crime, Drama
A swindler's activity indirectly caused a political crisis in France in the last years before World War II.
On February 7, 1934, the French Ministry of the Interior and the Paris Police Prefecture banned the showing of newsreel footage of the previous day's mêlée by right-wing royalists, war veterans and members of the anti-semitic, nationalist, anti-republican Action Francaise movement, who rioted to bring down the Daladier government over the Stavisky affair. The riots left 17 dead and 116 wounded. One Parisian cinema, Reginald Ford's Cineac Theatre, defied the censorship to show footage of the riots by the reactionary forces, which had been caught on-camera by French and foreign newsreel photographers.
Serge Alexandre Stavisky:
Tomorrow morning, I'll hold a press conference. I'm going to blow the whole mess wide open!
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