Leaders of the National Bloc at a train station in Paris in 1936

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Leaders of the National Bloc at a train station in Paris in 1936. Second from left is Jamil Mardam Bey. Then stands Comte Henri de Martel, the French High Commissioner to Syria, President Hashem al-Atasi, a Frenchman, Saadallah al-Jabiri, Fares al-Khury, and Mustapha al-Shihabi. Interestingly, these men never walked out of their homes in the 1930s without a fez. In Paris, all of them abandoned the Turkish headgear in favor of French hats.