An opportunist to the last, he would readily have sacrificed any theological convictions he may have had in the interests of national uniformity.
In 1885 he was elected to the chamber as an Opportunist Republican.
In office he proved more of an opportunist than his career in opposition would have indicated, but his political courage and personal integrity remained beyond suspicion.
Jules Ferry's colonial policy and of the Opportunist party, and in 1885 it was his use of the Tongking disaster which principally determined the fall of the Ferry cabinet.
He is a fearless opportunist who has always wanted to be a god, and the deal was unofficial.