Old Blood

Tea or Homicide: The Caillaux Affair

April 27, 2022 Old Blood Season 2 Episode 22
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Tea or Homicide: The Caillaux Affair
Show Notes

While World War I erupted throughout Europe, the Caillaux scandal plunged France into a chaotic murder trial that overshadowed the coming global conflict. What else do you expect to happen when a wife of the former Prime Minister murders her husband’s greatest political rival?


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