Maurice Faure was a hero for France as well as for the European Union,
representing the French resistánce
and the European democratic movement.
Faure was born on January 2nd, 1922, in Azerát, Dordogne, France, the
son of a teacher and a school principal. He studied law, history, and
geography in Toulouse and Bordeaux and worked as a teacher and academic
in Toulouse until the German annexing of France in the early 1940s, when
he joined the French resistánce, a large group of activists against Nazi Germany.
Following World War II, Faure participated in several governments
formed by the Radical Party. In 1951, at the age of 29, he became the
youngest member of the French national assembly, and he was also a
strong intercessor for France's membership in the European community.
This became true in 1957 when representatives of six states—including
Faure as French secretary to foreign minister Christian Pineau—signed
the Treaty of Rome, which was the fundament for today’s European Union
Faure’s political career spanned from 1947 to 1998, a
time in which he filled different posts: he served as minister for
building, interior minister, mayor of Cahors, senator for
Lot-departement, and member of the European Parliament and the French
Constitutional Council. His best-known title was his most historical
one: since the death of Joseph Luns in 2002, Faure was the last
surviving signer of the Treaty of Rome.
His death on March
6th, 2014, in Cahors, Lot, France, was mourned by the whole European
community, except for one inhabitant of Germany, WEP, who scored 7
points (2 for hit + 5 for solo).
Reposer en paix...
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