Chosen to lead France's 18th government since the Liberation: Finance Expert Rene Joel Simon Mayer.

Born: Paris, May 4, 1895, grandson of a rabbi, son of Jacob Justin Mayer, director of a dynamite company, and Marthe Rose Simone Dupont. A cousin by marriage of the famous Rothschild banking family, he has often represented Rothschild interests on company directorates.

Education: University of Paris, degrees in arts and law. Decorations: Croix de guerre for gallantry in World War I; a commander of the Legion of Honor. Private Life: Married to Denise-Henriette Bloch. His only son Antoine, a parachutist, was killed in World War II; a...

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