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French Gaston DEFFERRE

born Gaston Paul Charles DEFFERRE

French socialist politician

Source :  Jean-Daniel BLANC

Born: on September 14, 1910 in Marsillargues, France
Died: on May 07, 1986 in Marseille, France


Lawyer and member of the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO) political party, he was a member of the Brutus Network, a Resistance Socialist group during World War II. A long-standing member of the National Assembly (1945-1958, 1962-1986) and member of the Senate (1959-1962), he also served for many years as mayor of Marseille (1944-1945, 1953-1986). He was a formidable political force in the South-East, where he owned the major centre-left newspaper Le Provençal (which he co-founded at the Liberation) and later acquired the right-wing daily le Méridional.

He was Merchant Marine Minister (1950-1952) then Overseas Minister (1956-1957). He prepared the end of French colonialism in Sub-saharan Africa.

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