Paul ReynaudPaul Reynaud
(born October 15
, at Barcelonnette
died September 21
) was a French
politician and laywer. He became Prime Minister of France
in March 21
after Edouard Daladier
was sacked, soon after the start of the Second World War
. After the invasion of France by Germany
he made Charles de Gaulle
a member of the Cabinet.
He resigned soon after the occupation of Paris, in June 16 1940 and was replaced by General Pétain, who organised an armistice. He was arrested on Petain's orders and given to the Germans, who kept him prisoner until the end of the war.
After the war, he was a member of the French Chamber of Deputies and an opponent of de Gaulle's Fifth Republic.