Minister of Air (France)

From 1928-1947, the Minister of Air was, in the Government of France (and during the Vichy Regime), the cabinet member in charge of the French Air Force. The position no longer exists and its functions have been merged with the Minister of Defense.

Minister of Air
Ministre de l'Air
Laurent Eynac 1921.jpg
Longest serving
Laurent Eynac

14 September 1928 – 13 December 1930
21 March 1940 – 16 June 1940
Government of France
StatusAbbolished
Member ofcabinet
FormationLaurent Eynac
First holder14 September 1928 (1928-09-14)
Final holderAndré Maroselli
Abolished22 October 1947 (1947-10-22)
SuccessionMinister of Defense

Ministers of AirEdit

Third French Republic (1870–1940)Edit

No. Picture Minister of Air Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Eynac, LaurentLaurent Eynac
(1886–1970)
14 September 192813 December 19302 years, 90 daysRIBriand XI
Tardieu I
Chautemps I
Tardieu II
2Painlevé, PaulPaul Painlevé
(1863–1933)
13 December 193027 January 193145 daysPRSSteeg
3Dumesnil, JacquesJacques-Louis Dumesnil
(1882–1956)
27 January 193120 February 19321 year, 24 daysPRLaval I–II–III
(2)Painlevé, PaulPaul Painlevé
(1863–1933)
3 June 193229 January 1933344 daysPRSTardieu III
4Cot, PierrePierre Cot
(1895–1977)
31 January 19339 February 19341 year, 11 daysPRSarraut I
Daladier I–II
5Denain, VictorVictor Denain
(1880–1952)
9 February 193424 January 19361 year, 349 daysIndependentDoumergue II
Flandin
Bouisson
6Déat, MarcelMarcel Déat
(1894–1955)
24 January 19364 June 1936132 daysUSRSarraut II
(4)Cot, PierrePierre Cot
(1895–1977)
4 June 193618 January 19381 year, 228 daysPRBlum I–II
7Chambre, GuyGuy La Chambre
(1898–1975)
18 January 193821 March 19402 years, 63 daysPRBlum II
Daladier III
(1)Eynac, LaurentLaurent Eynac
(1886–1970)
21 March 194016 June 194087 daysPRReynaud

WWII (1940–1944)Edit

Vichy
No. Picture Minister of Air Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Pujo, BertrandBertrand Pujo [fr]
(1878–1964)
16 June 19406 September 194087 daysIndependentPétain
Laval IV
2Bergeret, JeanJean Bergeret [fr]
(1895–1956)
6 September 194018 April 19421 year, 306 daysIndependentFlandin II
Darlan
3Jannekeyn, JeanJean-François Jannekeyn
(1892–1971)
18 April 194220 August 19442 years, 124 daysIndependentLaval V
Free French Forces
No. Picture Commissioner of the Air Force Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Valin, MartialMartial Valin
(1898–1980)
24 September 19417 June 19431 year, 256 daysIndependentCNF
2Troquer, AndréAndré Le Troquer
(1884–1963)
9 November 19434 April 1944147 daysSFIOCNF
3Grenier, FernandFernand Grenier (France) [fr]
(1901–1992)
4 April 194410 September 1944159 daysPCFCNF

Fourth French Republic (1946–1958)Edit

No. Picture Minister of Air Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Tillon, CharlesCharles Tillon
(1897–1993)
10 September 194421 November 19451 year, 102 daysPCFde Gaulle I
2Maroselli, AndréAndré Maroselli [fr]
(1893–1970)
22 January 194722 October 19472 years, 90 daysPRRamadier I

See alsoEdit

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