Although French prime minister Georges Clemenceau was in his seventies during World War I, he greatly enjoyed touring the battlefields. Moreover, his insistence on being taken to the front line was a major concern to his handlers. During one tour of inspection in 1918, Clemenceau and Winston Churchill, despite a spate of incoming shells, left their car to speak to a group of British cavalry officers. As they headed back to the car, a shell exploded nearby and a wounded horse, covered with blood, came lurching toward them. When Clemenceau impulsively leaped into its path, seized its bridle, and brought it to a halt, he was reprimanded by the general in charge and asked to promptly return to the car. As he got in he turned to Churchill, eyes blazing with delight, and declared: "Quel moment delicieux!"
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