Yvon Delbos

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Yvon Delbos (7 May 1885 – 15 November 1956) was a French Radical-Socialist Party1 politician and minister.

Delbos was born in Thonac, Dordogne, Aquitaine, entered a career as a journalist, and became a member of the Radical-Socialist Party. He subsequently served as Minister of Education (1925), Minister of Justice (1936), and notably as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Popular Front governments of Léon Blum and Camille Chautemps.2

In January 1937, unveiling a war memorial at Chateauroux, M.Delbos, in reply to Hitler's Reichstag speech of the previous day, emphasised the need for Franco-German understanding and for both countries to find new markets so that industrial expansion might replace rearmament. After representing France at the Nine-Power Conference at Brussels on November 3, M.Delbos expounded French Foreign Policy in a debate in the Chamber on November 18–19, emphasizing Anglo-French friendship and the necessity for its maintenance. Ten days later he visited London with Chautemps to receive a report from Neville Chamberlain and Anthony Eden on the result of the Halifax-Hitler talks. Afterwards, he set out on a tour of the central and eastern European capitols, visiting Warsaw on December 3, Bucharest on December 8, Belgrade on December 12, and Prague on December 15, in each case discussing the European situation with the ministers of the countries in question, and seeking to foster friendly relations with France.3

On December 10, 1937 it was announced that a plot to assassinate him at Prague had been discovered by the French Police and the prospective assailant was arrested. M.Delbos was reappointed Foreign Minister in the reconstructed Chautemps government in the third week of January 1938, but was excluded from Leon Blum's cabinet in March 1938.4

During the Spanish Civil War, he worked alongside his British counterpart Anthony Eden in fleshing out the policy of non-intervention.

References

  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year 1938, London, 1938, p.195.
  2. ^ Britannica 1938, p.195.
  3. ^ Britannica 1938, p.195-6.
  4. ^ Britannica 1938, p.196.

Bibliography

  • Benoît Cazenave, Yvon Delbos, in Hier war das Ganze Europa, Stiftung Brandenburgische Gedenkstätte, Editions Metropol Verlag, Berlin 2004.
Political offices
Preceded by
Anatole de Monzie
Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts
1925
Succeeded by
Édouard Daladier
Preceded by
Pierre Étienne Flandin
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1936–1938
Succeeded by
Joseph Paul-Boncour
Preceded by
Jean Zay
Minister of National Education
1939–1940
Succeeded by
Albert Sarraut
Preceded by
Albert Sarraut
Minister of National Education
1940
Succeeded by
Albert Rivaud
Preceded by
Guy Mollet, Augustin Laurent
Minister of State
with Marcel Roclore
1947
Succeeded by
Preceded by
François Billoux
Interim Minister of National Defense
1947
Succeeded by
Pierre-Henri Teitgen
Preceded by
Édouard Depreux
Minister of National Education
1948
Succeeded by
Michel Tony-Révillon
Preceded by
Michel Tony-Révillon
Minister of National Education
1948–1950
Succeeded by
André Morice









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