Yves Farge

Farge, Yves


Born Aug. 19, 1899, in Salon-de-Provence; died on the night of Mar. 30, 1953, in Tbilisi. French social and political figure. A leader of the French and international peace movements. Publicist, writer, and artist.

Farge was active in the Resistance and was a leader of Le Franc-Tireur during the fascist German occupation of France (1940–44). In 1943 he became head of the Committee for Coordination and Struggle Against Deportation of Frenchmen to Germany, and in 1944 he was appointed underground commissar of the republic in the Rhône-Alps region.

While serving as minister of supplies between June and November 1946, Farge exposed several major black-market operations in wine and bread and waged a struggle against bureaucratic corruption. In 1948 he became an organizer of the French peace movement. He served as chairman of the National Peace Council of France (founded 1950) and was a member of the World Peace Council and its Bureau from the council’s inception (1950). In 1952 he received the International Lenin Prize for Strengthening Peace Among Nations.

Farge died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He is buried in Paris.


In Russian translation:
Izbrannoe. Moscow, 1959.
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