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Jean Zay


Portrait de Jean Zay en bichromie

Jean Zay rose to power at a very young age, becoming France's Minister of National Education and Fine Arts during the Popular Front period, in 1936. He overhauled the education and culture sector, launching various projects such as the creation of the Cannes Festival, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the École Nationale d'Administration (ENA). Some of these projects were suspended during the war and were continued after his death. During the war, Jean Zay resigned from his ministerial position and joined the armed struggle. He was arrested early in the war, continuing his resistance efforts from prison by working on projects for post-war France. He managed to smuggle some of his plans to Resistance organisations. He was assassinated by the French Militia during a sham transfer to another prison.

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