Albert LONDRES

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Author, Journalist, Soldier in the First World War

FrenchBorn Albert Baptiste Joseph LONDRES

French journalist and writer

Born on November 01, 1884 in Vichy, France , France

Died on May 16, 1932 in En Mer

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After finishing secondary school, Londres went to Lyon in 1901 to work as a bookkeeper, then moved to Paris in 1903. He wrote occasional articles for newspapers from his native region, and published his first poetry in 1904. The same year, he started as correspondent in Paris for the Lyon newspaper Le Salut Public. Also in 1904, his daughter Florise was born, but his partner, Marcelle (Marie) Laforest, died one year later. In 1906 he became parliamentary correspondent for Le Matin. His job was to listen to gossip in corridors of the French parliament and report it in anonymous columns. When war broke out in 1914, Londres, unfit for military service due to ill health and a weak constitution, became military correspondent for the newspaper at the Ministry of War. Subsequently made war correspondent, he was sent to Reims during its bombing, alongside the photographer Moreau. Londres' first big article told of the fire in the cathedral on 19 September 1914; the report was published two days later.



Londres wanted to go to the Orient; the editors of Matin refused. So he left to become a foreign affairs reporter for Le Petit Journal. In 1915 he went to south-east Europe to report on combat in Serbia, Greece, Turkey and Albania. On his return, he covered the end of the war in France. In 1919 he was sacked by Le Petit Journal under the orders of the French Prime Minister Clemenceau. Continuing his vocation, Londres reported that "the Italians are very unhappy with the peace conditions concocted by Clemenceau, Lloyd George and Wilson." He then worked for the illustrated daily Excelsior which had sought him. In 1920, Londres succeeded in entering the USSR, described the nascent Bolshevik regime, profiled Lenin and Trotsky and told of the suffering of the Russian people. "Albert Londres was stunned. Sickened by what he had discovered. This was no bourgeois propaganda but rather brainwashing driven home by the Russian papers".

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In 1922 he went to Asia. He reported Japan and the "madness of China". He also covered Nehru, Gandhi and Tagore in India. From 1922 his articles began to be published as books by Albin Michel through Henri Béraud, literary editor of Le Petit Parisien. Londres started investigative stories for Le Petit Parisien. In 1923, he went to the penal colony of Cayenne in Guyana. Describing the horrors, his reports produced reactions in public opinion and the Establishment.



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