French President Paul Deschanel’s behavior on the Orient Express contributed to his resignation in 1920. On the night of May 24, the president, known for his eccentric and erratic actions, fell out of his window near Montargis after consuming some sleeping pills. Wearing his pajamas, he walked to a signal box, declared his identity, and claimed he had fallen from the train. The signalman didn’t believe his story and responded, “And I’m Napoleon Bonaparte.” Not long afterward, Deschanel was spotted leaving a meeting and walking into a lake while still wearing all his clothes. The President resigned on Sept. 21, 1920, and was committed to an institution.
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