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High Commissioner of the Levant

The High Commissioner of the Levant (Arabic: المندوب السامي الفرنسي على سورية ولبنان‎), named after 1941 the General Delegate to Syria and Lebanon, was the highest ranking authority representing France in the French-mandated countries of Syria and Lebanon. Its office was based in Beirut, Lebanon.

List of French High Commissioners of the LevantEdit

Portrait Incumbent Tenure Notes
Henri Gouraud 9 October 1919 – 19 April 1923
Maxime Weygand 19 April 1923 – 29 November 1924
Maurice Sarrail 29 November 1924 – 23 December 1925
Henry de Jouvenel 23 December 1925 – 23 June 1926
Henri Ponsot August 1926 – July 1933
Damien de Martel 16 July 1933 – January 1939
Gabriel Puaux January 1939 – November 1940
Jean Chiappe 24 November 1940 – 27 November 1940 He did not take office.
Henri Dentz 6 December 1940 – 14 June 1941

List of French General Delegates to Syria and LebanonEdit

Portrait Incumbent Tenure Notes
Georges Catroux 24 June 1941 – 7 June 1943 He was also Chief of Free French Forces in Levant states.
Jean Helleu 7 June 1943 – 23 November 1943
Yves Chataigneau 23 November 1943 – 23 January 1944
Étienne Beynet 23 January 1944 – 1 September 1946

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