Public Figure Profiles

Pierre Laval

Pierre Jean Marie Laval (28 June 1883 – 15 October 1945) was a French politician. During the Third Republic, he served as Prime Minister of France from 27 January 1931 to 20 February 1932 and again from 7 June 1935 to 24 January 1936.

A socialist early in his life, Laval became a lawyer in 1909 and was famous for his defense of strikers, trade unionists and leftists from government prosecution. In 1914, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies as a member of the Socialist Party, and he remained committed to his pacifist convictions during the First World War. After his defeat in the 1919 election, Laval left the Socialist Party and became mayor of Aubervilliers. In 1924 he returned to the Chamber as an independent, and was elected to the Senate three years later. He also held a series of governmental positions, including Minister of Public Works, Minister of Justice and Minister of Labour. In 1931, Laval became Prime Minister, but his government fell only a year later.

Laval joined the conservative government of Gaston Doumergue in 1934 and served as Minister of the Colonies and then Foreign Minister. In 1935, Laval again became Prime Minister. Seeking to contain Germany, he pursued foreign policies favourable to Italy and the Soviet Union, but his handling of the Abyssinia Crisis, which was widely denounced as appeasement of Benito Mussolini, prompted his resignation in 1936.

After France's defeat and armistice with Germany in 1940, Laval served in prominent roles in Philippe Pétain's Vichy France, first as the vice-president of the Council of Ministers from July 1940 to December 1940 and later as the head of government from April 1942 to August 1944. The collaborationist government provided French labourers for Germany and organised the deportation of Jews.After the Liberation of France in 1944, Laval was imprisoned by the Germans. In April 1945, he fled to Spain but soon returned to France, where he was arrested by the French government under Charles de Gaulle. After what has been described as a flawed trial, Laval was found guilty of plotting against the security of the state and of collaboration with the enemy. After a thwarted suicide attempt, Laval was executed by firing squad in October 1945.Laval's manifold political activities left a complicated and controversial legacy, which resulted in more than a dozen conflicting biographies of him.

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Some of their strengths

Pierre Laval has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intuitive, Creative, Brave, Adventurous, Organized, Imaginative, and Compassionate.

Intuitive and Imaginative

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Pierre Laval is someone who is a highly intuitive, creative and imaginative person who is very loyal, caring and compassionate to others. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Adaptable and Versatile

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Pierre Laval well know them as someone who can be adaptable, flexible, and polite, like a flower or a sapling.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Pierre Laval as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Social and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Pierre Laval is someone who values forming deep friendships and relationships, and who has strong intuition and reasoning skills .

They are also someone who is curious, dynamic, and positive, and who enjoys inspiring and communicating with other people.

Traditional and Patient

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Pierre Laval tends to be someone who is a patient person that is very emotional, has a very sharp memory, has an ability to understand people, and who tends to be traditional and frugal.

Some of Pierre Laval's challenges

While Pierre Laval has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Pierre Laval can be Emotional, Standoffish, Short-tempered, Impulsive, Difficult, Perfectionist, and Domineering.

Emotional and Standoffish

One of Pierre Laval's key challenges is that they are someone who can be emotional and standoffish.

Pierre Laval must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Domineering and Impatient

Pierre Laval is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Sensitive and Money-oriented

Finally, Pierre Laval also can have mood swings, be overly sensititive, and be a bit rigid and materialistic.

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