Paul Ramadier

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Paul Ramadier
Paul Ramadier en 1947.jpg
Ramadier in 1947.
Prime Minister of France
In office
22 January 1947 24 November 1947
Preceded by Léon Blum
Succeeded by Robert Schuman
Personal details
Born17 March 1888
La Rochelle, France
Died14 October 1961(1961-10-14) (aged 73)
Rodez, France
Political party SFIO

Paul Ramadier (17 March 1888 in La Rochelle – 14 October 1961 in Rodez) was a politician and a French statesman.



Son of a Psychiatrist Paul Ramadier graduated in law from the university of Toulouse and started his profession as a lawyer in Paris. Then, in 1911, he gained his doctorate in Roman Law. Mayor of Decazeville, starting in 1919, he served as the first Prime Minister of the Fourth Republic in 1947. He adhered to the socialist party with 16 years. [1] On 10 July 1940, he voted against the granting of the full powers to Marshal Philippe Pétain, who installed the Vichy regime the next day.

Ramadier took part in the Resistance where he used the nom de guerre Violette. [2] His name was included in the Yad Vashem Jewish memorial after the war. Under the government of General De Gaulle (1944–1945), he was Minister for Provisions, earning a reputation as a hardworker, pragmatic and conciliatory politician. [3] It was during his first ministry that the Communists were forced out of the government in May 1947, ending the "tripartisme" coalition between the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO), Popular Republican Movement and Communists. He voted for the Marshall Plan.

From 1956 until 1957, Ramadier was Minister of Finance under Guy Mollet.


First Ministry (22 January – 22 October 1947)


Second Ministry (22 October – 24 November 1947)

Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre-Henri Teitgen
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
André Marie
Preceded by
Léon Blum
Prime Minister of France
Succeeded by
Robert Schuman

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