Pierre Gensous

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Gensous, Pierre


Born July 25, 1925, in Mont-deMarsan. Leader in the French and international labor movements.

Gensous, a metalworker, has been a member of the French Communist Party since 1945. In 1954 he was elected the secretary of the National Federation of Metalworkers of the French General Confederation of Labor. From 1959 to 1962 he was the chairman of the International Trade Union of Workers in Metallurgy and Machine-building, and in 1964 he became its secretary-general. From 1965 to 1969, Gensous was the deputy to the secretary-general of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). At the Seventh World Congress of Trade Unions in Budapest in October 1969, he was elected its secretary-general. In 1970 the Nineteenth Congress of the French Communist Party selected Gensous as an alternate member of the party’s Central Committee. In 1972 the Twentieth Congress elected him as a member of the Central Committee.

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