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Léon Blum

French politician
Although I am not a legalist when it comes to the conquest of power, I am one when it comes to the exercise of power.

André Léon Blum (9 April 1872 – 30 March 1950) was a French politician, identified with the moderate left, and three times Prime Minister of France.

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  • Although I am not a legalist when it comes to the conquest of power, I am one when it comes to the exercise of power. If parliamentary processes result in our being called upon to exercise power within the framework of existing institutions, we should do so legally and fairly without taking advantage of our presence in government to fraudulently transform the exercise of power into the conquest of power.
    • Quoted in Jean Lacouture, Léon Blum (1979), p. 206.
  • Only now do I understand the harm done our nation's best interests by the rebuff administered to Poincaré's policy in 1924.
    • Quoted in Pertinax [André Géraud], The Gravediggers of France (1944), p. 374

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