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Léon Blum

premier socialist

Blum, Léon (1872–1950), creator of the modern French Socialist party, and the first socialist and the first Jewish person to become premier of France. As premier in 1936–37, he led the Popular Front, a coalition of Socialists and Radicals opposed to fascism. Blum was imprisoned by the Germans, 1940–45. He became premier again in 1946–47.

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