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Avenol, Joseph Louis Anne

Born: 1879 AD
Died: 1952 AD

1879 – Born on June 9th in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, France. French diplomat.

1922 – He was sent to the League from the French Treasury Department to handle the organization’s finances.

1933 – He served as the second secretary-general of the League of Nations.

         – He moved up to the top spot because the first secretary-general had been British and there had been a private agreement at Versailles that the next would be French.

1940 – Avenol praised Hitler and Mussolini and denounced Britain and the United States.

         – He left Geneva and the League of Nations on August 31st.

1943 – Spurned by the Vichy government, he had to flee back into Switzerland on New Year’s Eve to avoid arrest by the Germans he had hoped to work with.

1952 – Died on September 2nd in Duillier, Vaud, Switzerland.