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Bonnet, Georges Etienne

Born: 1889 AD
Died: 1973 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Diplomat, Politician

1889 – Born on the 23rd of July in Bassillac, France. A leader in the French Radical-Socialist Party and minister of foreign affairs immediately preceding World War II, who was a prominent supporter of appeasement of Nazi Germany.

       – Bonnet studied at the Sorbonne, graduating in law and political science.

       – His marriage to the niece of a prominent politician launched his political career.

1924-1940 – After minor ministerial and legal positions, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies.

1925 – Appointed undersecretary of state.

1936 – e continued to serve in high ministerial positions throughout the 30’s and was named ambassador to the United States.  

1937 – After the defeat of Léon Blum’s Popular Front government, Bonnet was named finance minister under Camille Chautemps.

1938 – In April, he became foreign minister under Édouard Daladier and in this capacity supported the Munich Agreement, which allowed Adolf Hitler to occupy the Czech Sudetenland.

1939 – Bonnet continued to pursue a program of appeasement until the outbreak of World War II in September, when he was demoted to justice minister.

1940 – He left that post on the resignation of Daladier in March.

1941-1942 – Bonnet argued in favour of the French armistice, supported the Vichy regime, and was appointed to the National Council.

        – He refused other office and left France before the Allied invasion.

        – After the liberation, proceedings were started against him but were dropped.

1944 –  Expelled from the Radical Party.

1952 – He was readmitted in the Radical Party.

1955 – Only to be expelled again for his opposition to Pierre Mendès-France.

1956-1968 – He was again elected to the Chamber of Deputies.

1961 – He wrote, Le Quai d’Orsay is a book of memoirs.

1973 – He died on the 18th of June in Paris, France.