Louis Marin

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Louis Marin (7 February 1871 – 23 May 1960), from Lorraine, was an anti-German[1] conservative politician in the French Third Republic. He was Minister for the so-called Liberated Regions from 29 March 1924 to 14 June 1924 in the third cabinet of the equally anti-German Raymond Poincaré and the short-lived cabinet of Frédéric François-Marsal. In 1925 he founded the weekly paper La Nation and regularly wrote the paper's editorial. He was Minister of Pensions from 23 July 1926 to 11 November 1928 in the next Poincaré cabinet. In 1931 he chaired the commission of inquiry into the Oustric scandal. He was a Deputy for the city of Nancy and became Minister of Health and Physical Education from 9 February to 8 November 1934 in the cabinet of Gaston Doumergue[2]. After the latter's fall, Marin remained in Cabinet as a Minister of State from 8 November 1934 to 24 January 1936. In March 1939 following the announcement of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia he was one of three deputies who, in the Chamber, publicly denounced Fernand de Brinon as a 'German agent'.[3]

On 10 May 1940 he briefly joined the second cabinet of Paul Reynard for just a month. Both resigned and left the Cabinet on June 16th, refusing to agree to an Armistice with Germany.

In 1943 the aged Louis Marin joined, or at least lent his name to, the so-called French Resistance group , the Organisation Civile et Militaire (OCM) whose terrorism was in the original occupied zone in the north.[4]

Marin was still an elected deputy (aged 79) when the National Assembly held a huge debate on the 'Pleven Plan' on 24 October 1950. Marin took his usual anti-German line envisaging the possibility of a re-armed Germany ganging up with the Soviets some day.[5]


  1. Werth, Alexander, The Destiny of France, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1937, pps: 31, 35.
  2. Werth, 1934, p.65.
  3. Werth, Alexander, France 1940-1955, Robert Hale, London, 1957, p.129.
  4. Werth, 1957, p.144-5.
  5. Werth, 1957, p.489.