Jacques VERGÈS

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American politician

FrenchBorn Jacques VERGÈS

French lawyer

Born on March 05, 1925 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand , Thailand

Died on August 15, 2013 in Paris , France

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Born in Siam (now called Thailand) and brought up on the island of Réunion, Jacques Vergès is the son of Raymond Vergès, a French diplomat, and a Vietnamese mother. In 1942, with his father's encouragement, he sailed to Liverpool to become part of the Free French Forces under Charles de Gaulle, and to participate in the anti-Nazi resistance. After the war Jacques went to the University of Paris to study law (his brother Paul Vergès went on to become the leader of the Reunionese Communist Party and Member of the European Parliament). In 1949 Jacques became president of the AEC (Association for Colonial Students), where he met and befriended Pol Pot. In 1950 at the request of his Communist mentors he went to Prague to lead a youth organization for four years.

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