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Pierre Laroque and the Welfare State in Post-war France$
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Eric Jabbari

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289639.001.0001

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Vichy, the Resistance, and Free France

Vichy, the Resistance, and Free France

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(p.84) 4 Vichy, the Resistance, and Free France
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Pierre Laroque and the Welfare State in Post-war France
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Eric Jabbari

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289639.003.0005

Despite his misgivings, Laroque contributed to the elaboration of the policies of the ministry of labour during the early months of the Vichy Regime. During this time, he helped draft the legislation which introduced the comités d’organisation, and was implicated in aborted attempts to implement corporatist policies and reform the social insurance system. Dismissed from the civil service because of his Jewish origins, he moved to Lyon, were he bacme involved in the activities of the Resistance. By the spring of 1943, he found himself assigned to the headquarters of the Free French movement in London, and he soon became involved in preparing the administrative personnel which would be entrusted with the direction of public services in the liberated areas of France. It was only in the autumn of 1944 that he returned to civilian life, and it was during this time that he was appointed director general of social insurance by the minister of labour.

Keywords:   Pierre Laroque, Vichy Regime, resistance, Free France, social insurance, corporatism

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