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French Socialist politician
Source : Jacques ENGUEHARD
Mollet was born in Normandy, the son of a textile worker. He was educated in Le Havre and became a school teacher in Arras. Like most teachers, he was an active member of the French Socialist Party, then called the SFIO, and in 1928 he became SFIO Secretary for the Pas-de-Calais département. He joined the French Army in 1939 and was taken prisoner by the Germans. Released after seven months, he joined the Resistance in the Arras area and was three times arrested and interrogated by the Gestapo.
In October 1945, Mollet was elected to the French National Assembly as representative of Pas-de-Calais. In 1946 he became Secretary-General of the SFIO against Daniel Mayer, the candidate supported by Léon Blum. Mollet represented the left-wing of the party which faired the dissolution of the Socialist identity in a centerist conglomerate. However, if he kept a Marxist language, he accepted the alliance with the center and center-right parties during the Fourth Republic. Besides, his relations with the French Communist Party (PCF), became the largest left-wing party, were very poor. Indeed, in his mind, "the Communist Party in not on left but in the East".
In this, he served as vice-Prime minister in 1946. In 1950-51 he was Minister for European Relations in the government of the Radical René Pleven, and in 1951 he was Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Henri Queuille. He represented France at the Council of Europe, and was President of the Socialist Group on the Council's Assembly. From 1951 to 1969 he was Vice-President of the Socialist International.
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