Paul Reynaud, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Paul Reynaud

French politician and lawyer

Date of Birth: 15-Oct-1878

Place of Birth: Barcelonnette, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Date of Death: 21-Sep-1966

Profession: lawyer, politician, journalist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Paul Reynaud

  • Paul Reynaud (French: [p?l ??jno]; 15 October 1878 – 21 September 1966) was a French politician and lawyer prominent in the interwar period, noted for his stances on economic liberalism and militant opposition to Germany. After the outbreak of World War II Reynaud became the penultimate Prime Minister of the Third Republic in March 1940.
  • He was also vice-president of the Democratic Republican Alliance center-right party.
  • Reynaud was Prime Minister during the German defeat of France in May and June 1940; he persistently refused to support an armistice with Germany and resigned on 16 June.
  • After unsuccessfully attempting to flee France, he was arrested by Philippe Petain's administration.
  • Surrendered to German custody in 1942, he was imprisoned in Germany and later Austria until liberation in 1945. Elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1946, he became a prominent figure again in French political life, serving in several cabinet positions.
  • He favoured a United States of Europe, and participated in drafting the constitution for the Fifth Republic, but resigned from government in 1962 after disagreement with President de Gaulle over changes to the electoral system.

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