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Aristide Briand (1862-1932)
French politician
France, 1920s
Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

During the League of Nations Assembly of 7 September 1929, the French minister Aristide Briand called on European countries to condemn war with one voice and adopt a policy of disarmament. It was the first time a European state had taken the initiative of proposing joint European action.