Paul-Boncour, Joseph

▪ French politician
born Aug. 4, 1873, Saint-Aignan, France
died March 28, 1972, Paris
 French leftist politician who was minister of labour, of war, and of foreign affairs and, for four years, France's permanent representative to the League of Nations.

      After receiving a degree in law from the University of Paris, Paul-Boncour practiced law, organized the legal council of the Bourses du Travail (syndicalist workers' associations), and from 1898 to 1902 was private secretary to Premier Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau. He was elected deputy from his native district in 1909 and served as minister of labour in 1911. He lost his seat in the Chamber in 1914 but was returned to the National Assembly after World War I as a Socialist. In 1931, however, he resigned from the Socialist Party and formed a new group, the Union Socialiste Républicaine, composed of independents. That same year he was elected senator and served until the establishment of Marshal Philippe Pétain's Vichy government in 1940.

      Paul-Boncour was permanent delegate to the League of Nations from 1932 to 1936, minister of war in the 1932 cabinet of Édouard Herriot, premier from December 1932 to January 1933, and minister of foreign affairs from December 1932 to January 1934, from January to June 1936, and in March 1938. In July 1940 he voted against granting constitutional powers to Marshal Pétain and recommended continuation of the war against Germany from Algiers. A member of the Consultative Assembly in 1944, he led the French delegation at San Francisco and signed the United Nations Charter on behalf of France. He was a senator from 1946 to 1948.

      Paul-Boncour's books Le Féderalisme économique (1900; “Economic Federalism”) and Les Syndicats de fonctionnaires (1906; “Unions of Civil Servants”) showed his interest in trade unionism. He is also the author of Art et démocratie (1912; “Art and Democracy”) and Entre deux guerres: souvenirs sur la IIIe République (1946; Recollections of the Third Republic).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Joseph Paul-Boncour — Mandats 107e président du Conseil des ministres français 18 décembre 1932 – 28 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Joseph paul-boncour — 115e président du Conseil des ministres français …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Joseph Paul-Boncour — Augustin Alfred Joseph Paul Boncour (* 4. August 1873 in Saint Aignan, Loir et Cher; † 28. März 1972 in Paris) war ein französischer sozialistischer Politiker. Paul Boncour vertrat zunächst als unabhängiger sozialistischer Abge …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Paul-Boncour —   [pɔlbɔ̃ kuːr], Joseph, französischer Politiker, * Saint Aignan (Département Loir et Cher) 4. 8. 1873, ✝ Paris 28. 3. 1972; Rechtsanwalt; führendes Mitglied sozialistischer Parteigruppierungen (v. a. der SFIO), 1909 14 und 1919 31 Abgeordneter… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Joseph Paul-Boncour — Infobox Prime Minister name=Joseph Paul Boncour order=104th Prime Minister of France term start =18 December 1932 term end =31 January 1933 predecessor =Édouard Herriot successor =Édouard Daladier birth date =4 August 1873 death date =death date… …   Wikipedia

  • Paul-Boncour — /pawl bawonn koohrdd /, n. Joseph /zhaw zef /, 1873 1972, French lawyer and statesman: premier 1932 33. * * * …   Universalium

  • Paul-Boncour — /pɒl bɒ̃ˈkʊə/ (say pol bon koouh) noun Joseph /ʒoʊˈzɛf/ (say zhoh zef), 1873–1972, French politician; premier 1932–33 …   Australian English dictionary

  • Paul-Boncour — /pawl bawonn koohrdd /, n. Joseph /zhaw zef /, 1873 1972, French lawyer and statesman: premier 1932 33 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gouvernement Joseph Paul-Boncour — Régime Troisième République Président du Conseil Joseph Paul Boncour Début 18 décembre 1932 Fin 28 janvier 1933 Durée …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Gouvernement joseph paul-boncour — Régime Troisième République Président du Conseil Joseph Paul Boncour Début 18 décembre 1932 …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.