Robert Lacoste


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(b. 5 July 1898, d. 18 Mar. 1989).

Governor-General of Algeria 1956–8

A former member of the Résistance, as Governor-General he gained a reputation for toughness, being held responsible for the official use of a host of ruthless measures (such as torture) against members of the Front de Libération Nationale. He served as Senator for the Dordogne, 1971–80.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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