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The Government of National Defense (French: Gouvernement de la Défense nationale) was the first government of the Third Republic of France from 4 September 1870 to 13 February 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War. It was formed after the Emperor Napoleon III was captured by the Prussian Army.


  • General Louis Jules Trochu, President of the Government
  • Léon Gambetta, Minister of the Interior
  • Jules Favre, Vice-President, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Adolphe Le Flô, Minister of War
  • Léon Martin Fourichon, Minister of the Navy and the Colonies
  • Ernest Picard, Minister of Finance
  • Jules Ferry, Secretary of the Government
  • Jules Simon, Minister of Education, Religion, and Arts
  • Adolphe Crémieux, Minister of Justice
  • Emmanuel Arago, Minister of the Interior
  • Pierre Frédéric Dorian, Minister of Public Works
  • Henri Rochefort, Minister without Portfolio
  • Alexandre Glais-Bizoin, Minister without Portfolio
  • Louis-Antoine Garnier-Pagès, Minister without Portfolio
  • Eugène Pelletan, Minister without Portfolio

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