Leo Lagrange

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Léo Lagrange was born on the 28 November 1900, à Bourg-sur-Gironde. He fought in both the Great War and 2nd World War where he was killed on mission close to Evergnicourt on the 9th June 1940.

A socialist, he became a junior minister of sports and pass-times in the Popular Front government in 1936. He helped established paid vacation in France as well as subsidies for families wishing to take holidays. In 1937 he created the Ecole Nationale du Ski Français (French National Ski School). He was against French pacifism and is quoted as saying "power belongs to those who have fought and who survived".

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