La Rocque, François, count de

(1885-1946)
   officer, political figure
   Born in Lorient, François, count de La Rocque, had a brilliant military career that made him, in 1918, the youngest commander in the French army. He retired from the military in 1928 with the rank of colonel to dedicate himself to politics. In 1931, he was elected president of the right-wing Croix-de-Feu. After the disbanding of the Leagues, in 1936, he founded the Parti social français (PSF), another right-wing group. At first supportive of Marshal Philippe pétain in 1940, he took a position against the policies of collaboration, was arrested, and deported to Germany. His actions in the resistance were officially recognized in 1961.

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