Avenol, Joseph Louis Anne
1879 - Born on June 9th in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, France. French diplomat.
1922 - He was sent to the League from the French Treasury Department to handle the organization's finances.
1933 - He served as the second secretary-general of the League of Nations.
- He moved up to the top spot because the first secretary-general had been British and there had been a private agreement at Versailles that the next would be French.
1940 - Avenol praised Hitler and Mussolini and denounced Britain and the United States.
- He left Geneva and the League of Nations on August 31st.
1943 - Spurned by the Vichy government, he had to flee back into Switzerland on New Year's Eve to avoid arrest by the Germans he had hoped to work with.
1952 - Died on September 2nd in Duillier, Vaud, Switzerland.
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