The Dreyfus affair affected France and the entire Europe. It even jeopardized the county’s future. This affair resulted in many movements. Here are some significances of the Dreyfus Affairs on the politics of France.
Prior to the Dreyfus affair, France was the least anti-Semitic countries in Europe. Many Jews had sought political asylum in France. Also, there was no French delegation at the yearly anti-Semitism congresses. After the Dreyfus affair anti-Semitism increased in France.The government started carrying out economic and social reforms which made the lives of common people difficult. People started to blame the Jews for all their miseries.
The use of media
The media was exploited by different groups to shift public opinion to their favor. The media triggered the political change that took place due to the Dreyfus affair.
Before the Dreyfus affair, France was politically divided between the republic and non-republic. There were various political movements withing the anti-republic faction who competed against each other. They were not united. The pro-republican movements were united; they shared many common beliefs. During the Dreyfus affair, the movements against the republic come together and developed the anti-Dreyfusard faction. The movements that support the republic united themselves to defend Dreyfus and went against the anti-Semitic movement. Because of the affair, the republic got more acceptance by the people. It destroyed monarchy in France. It reinforced the democratic parliament. It represented the victory of the republic against the army. It also increased the gap between the pro-republic movement and the anti-republic movement. It united people with different ideologies.