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André François-Poncet (1948-65)

André François-Poncet was France’s ambassador to Berlin in 1931-38, critical years that saw the rise of Hitler, German rearmament and increased international tension that led to World War Two.

In 1938, only weeks after British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain signed the "peace in our time" Munich Pact with Hitler, Francois-Poncet met Hitler before leaving as ambassador to Rome and initiated talks that led to the similar Franco-German agreement of November 23.

On return to France in June 1940, he was deported and interned in Germany, where he remained until 1945. After the war, he was French government adviser for German affairs. In June, 1949, he was appointed High Commissioner of the French Republic in Germany.

François-Poncet was born to a family of magistrates in 1887. In 1913 -- a year before World War One -- he wrote "What German Youth is Thinking", a work that created a sensation.

Andre Francois-Poncet

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