René Viviani

1863 – 1925 • Algeria

Socialism • Republican

A trade union lawyer, a rare supporter of women’s suffrage and an independent socialist in the 1890s. He co-founded L’Humanité with Jean Jaurès in 1905 but in 1906 he left the SFIO and, after becoming a minister and identifying as a republican-socialist, he led the government of ‘holy union’ in 1914.

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