But both failed - Lamartine almost ludicrously - while Thiers in hard conditions made a striking if not a brilliant success.
The advent of Thiers, his attitude towards the petition of French bishops on behalf of the pope, the recall of Senard, the French minister at Florencewho had written to congratulate Victor Emmanuel on the capture of Romeand the instructions given to his successor, the comte de Choiseul, to absent himself from Italy at the moment of the kings official entry into the new capital (2nd July 1871), together with the haste displayed in appointing a French ambassador to the Holy See, rapidly cooled the cordiality of Franco-Italian relations, and reassured Bismarck on the score of any dangerous intimacy between the two governments.
At its southern end, by the quay, is a bronze statue of Thiers, and at the northern end, the cathedral of St Augustine, a large church built in quasi-Byzantine style.
LOUIS ADOLPHE THIERS (1797-1877), French statesman and historian, was born at Marseilles on the 16th of April 1 797.
In the early autumn of 1821 Thiers went to Paris, and was quickly introduced as a contributor to the Constitutionnel.