Early Life. Born Aug. 18, 1908 in Béziers in southern France, the son of a French army doctor, Edgar Jean Vincent Barthelemy Faure (pronounced fore) was a nearsighted youth but a dazzling student, won his bachelor's degree at 15, his law degree at 19 from the Paris Faculty of Law, where he met another brilliant young law student, Pierre Mendès-France. In 1931 Faure married tall, blonde, elegant Lucie Meyer, daughter of a prosperous silk merchant, took his old friend Mendès on the honeymoon—a months-long tour of Russia (Mendès took sick, was sent home), during which Faure polished up the Russian he...

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