Philippe Berthelot

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Jean-Baptiste Bienvenu-Martin, Philippe Berthelot and Wilhelm von Schoen. Baron von Schoen reads to M. Bienvenu-Martin, who is assuring interim[clarification needed] for Foreign Affairs, a communication from his government backing Austria and declaring that if the conflict does not remain localised, "the most serious consequences" are to be feared.

Philippe Berthelot (Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine October 9, 1866 – Paris, November 22, 1934) was an important French diplomat, son of Marcellin Berthelot. He was a republican (as opposed to monarchists and the far-right leagues at the time).

He entered the French diplomatic service in 1889 and joined the foreign office in 1904. In 1920, he became secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the rank of ambassador. After a violent campaign of far-right leagues, he was forced to step aside from 1922 to 1925 because of his involvement in the scandal opposing Banque Industrielle de Chine, controlled by his brother, and Banque d'Indochine, linked to Paul Doumer, who was supported by the extreme right. After an investigation, he and his brother were cleared.

He was friends with and helped the diplomatic careers of Paul Claudel and Saint-John Perse.


  • Encyclopædia Britannica, 13th edition, 1922, s.v. Philippe Berthelot.
  • The Living Age, 8th Series, Volume XXVII (July, August, September 1922), Boston, p 500. Available at Google Books

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