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René BOUSQUET

French René BOUSQUET

High-ranking French political appointee who served as secretary general to the Vichy regime police

Source :  Anne LE FLOCHJean Claude LONCKEColette GUIBERT-REDANTDominique VIALARDFabienne MONGINJean Andre GAZAGNESJean Louis ROBERTBruno MURATET

Born: on May 11, 1909 in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
Died: on June 08, 1993 in Paris, France


Biography

René Bousquet was born to a radical socialist notary in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne. After law studies, he began his career as chief of the cabinet of the préfet for Tarn-et-Garonne.

In March 1930, he and a friend became national heroes after they personally saved dozens of people from drowning during floods in the southwest of France. He was awarded the Legion of Honour and the Médaille d'or des belles actions ("Golden medal for fine deeds"). Maurice Sarraut, the radical-socialist senator and CEO of La Dépêche du Midi, and Albert Sarraut, deputy, president of the Council and minister, took on Bousquet as their protégé. Bousquet was detached to the Presidency of the Council to head the technical service in charge of the reconstruction of the flooded southern regions. He had a rapid rise within the government, gaining increasingly responsible appointments.

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