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French Minister and Secretary of state (Mitterrand Government), French Minister and Secretary of state (before French Fifth Republic), French Mayor and member of the Municipal council

FrenchBorn Gaston Paul Charles DEFFERRE

French socialist politician

Born on September 14, 1910 in Marsillargues, France , France

Died on May 07, 1986 in Marseille, France

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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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