1st Edition

The Assassination of Jacques Lemaigre Dubreuil
A Frenchman between France and North Africa

ISBN 9780415589468
Published March 1, 2011 by Routledge
196 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is a political biography of the French industrialist and political activist Jacques Lemaigre Dubreuil (1894-1955), president of the Taxpayers' Federation in the 1930s, entrepreneur in wartime France and Africa, organizer of the 'Group of Five' in Algiers which prepared for the Allied landings in North Africa (November 1942), 'inventor' of General Henri Giraud as a candidate for the leadership of liberated North and West Africa, negotiator of the Murphy-Giraud Agreements and the Anfa Memorandum with President Roosevelt (1942 and 1943), political writer on the postwar future of France in Morocco and the owner of the liberal newspaper Maroc-Presse. He was assassinated in Casablanca by French counter-terrorists in June 1955, a 'turning point' event which pushed the French government to grant independence to Morroco. Was he a rabble-rouser, a demagogue, a betrayer of French interests at home and overseas or a reformer, a patriot, a hero of the anti-German resistance, and a champion of Franco-Moroccan solidarity?

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Taxpayer Revolt in France  Part 1: Toward the Sixth of February  Part 2: Jacques Lemaigre Dubreuil and the Taxpayers' Federation  2. France's Fall and the Vichy Change  Part 1: Mission to Romania, 1940  Part 2: Le Jour-Echo de Paris  Part 3: Georges Lesieur et ses Fils  3. Defending French Africa  4. Working for Giraud  5. To Die in Casablanca  Conclusion  Bibliography

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William A. Hoisington, Jr is Professor Emeritus of Modern European and French Colonial History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of two prize-winning books on the history of French imperialism in North Africa, 'The Casablanca Connection: French Colonial Policy, 1936-1943' (North Carolina, 1984), which has been translated into French and Arabic, and 'Lyautey and the French Conquest of Morocco' (St. Martin's & Macmillan, 1995).