Gaston Monmousseau

1883 – 1960 • France

Revolutionary syndicalist • Trade unionismCommunism

A leader of the small group of revolutionary syndicalists who opposed the First World War, in 1922 he became General Secretary of the minority CGTU trade union that affiliated to the Communist International. Elected a Communist deputy in 1936 he tried to get a law passed to provide national unemployment pay.

Monmousseau was jailed five times between 1921 and 1931 in the Prison de la Santé

The Prison de la Santé was opened in 1867. Photographed here by Charles Marville (1813-1879)

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