Paul Vergès

Paul Vergès (5 March 1925 – 11/12 November 2016) was a Réunionese politician. Born in Ubon Ratchathani, Siam to a French diplomat father and Vietnamese mother. Vergès founded the Communist Party of Réunion in 1960, a party which he led until he retired in 1994. He made a political comeback at the 2005 European Parliament elections, when he was elected as the third candidate on the list of the French Communist Party, which is part of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group.[1] Vergès sat in the European Parliament's Committee on Development.

Paul Vergès
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Vergès in 2010
President of the Regional Council of Réunion
In office
Preceded byMargie Sudre
Succeeded byDidier Robert
Member of the French Senate for Réunion
In office
Succeeded byGélita Hoarau
Mayor of Le Port
In office
Personal details
Born(1925-03-05)5 March 1925
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Died11/12 November 2016(2016-11-12) (aged 91)
Saint-Denis, Réunion
Political partyCommunist Party of Réunion
ChildrenFrançoise Vergès

Vergès killed the political opponent of his father, Alexis de Villeneuve, on 25.05.1946. He was condemned for this crime to a sentence of 5 years in prison.[2]

Vergès was an MP in the National Assembly of France from 1957 to 1959, 1987 to 1988, and 1994 to 1997. He was a Senator in the French Parliament from 1997 to 2005 and again since 2012. From 1980 to 1990 and 2005 to 2008 he was a member of the European Parliament. He was president of the regional council of Réunion from 1999 to 2011, regional councillor since 2011, mayor of Le Port from 1972 to 1990, and general councillor of La Réunion from 1956 to 1968 and again from 1986 to 1999.

In the European Parliament, he was also a member of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, a substitute for the Committee on Regional Development, vice-chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and a substitute for the delegation for relations with the countries of Central America.

Vergès died the night of 11/12 November 2016, aged 91.[3] His twin brother was lawyer Jacques Vergès.


  1. ^ "MEP profile". European Union. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
  2. ^ (in French:)Le Point: L'autre secret
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