Death of lawyer Tony Dreyfus, former Secretary of State and close to Michel Rocard
Tony Dreyfus, in the National ***embly. ALAIN GUIZARD / BESTIMAGE / ALAIN GUIZARD / BESTIMAGE…
He was almost more of a Rocardian than Michel Rocard, his friend whose fights he married. Lawyer, secretary of state, deputy, mayor of 10e arrondis*****t of Paris, Tony Dreyfus died on April 26 in Paris, at the age of 84.
Son of Louis Dreyfus and Winnifred Gabbaï, Tony Dreyfus was born in Paris on January 9, 1939, the year of the outbreak of the Second World War, which led him to be p***ionate about this period. Entering public life in 1959, he was one of the organizers of the National Union of Students of France, of which he was vice-president until 1963. After a stint at the Club Jean-Moulin, a laboratory of ideas critical of Gaullism, he joined the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) in 1965.
That same year, holder of a master’s degree in law, he made his debut as a lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal in the firm of Robert Badinter. On April 20, 1968, he married Françoise Fabre-Luce, daughter of journalist and writer Alfred Fabre-Luce, with whom he had four sons – including Louis Dreyfus, chairman of the management board of the Le Monde group – and a daughter, the writer Pauline Dreyfus .
Tony Dreyfus very quickly got involved in social struggles. He was thus the lawyer for the CFDT, advising Edmond Maire (1931-2917), general secretary of the union from 1971 to 1988, in private matters, and workers at the Lip watch factory in Besançon, hired in 1973-1974. in an attempt at self-management. It is he who takes care of the legal “coverage” of the restitution of the stock of watches, seized by the workers during the occupation of the factory, and of the negotiations with the Ministry of Justice.
Confidant and friend from the start of Michel Rocard, he followed him to the Socialist Party (PS) in 1974. In 1980, he encouraged him, with Gilles Martinet, and against the advice of Pierre Mauroy, to run for the presidential election. Always urban and very courteous, he cultivates good relations with those close to François Mitterrand and will be the friend of Bertrand Delanoë.
His entry into politics was marked by his first unsuccessful attempts. In 1968, with the label of the PSU, he was defeated in the legislative elections in the 8e district of Paris. In 1977, he bowed, at the head of a union list of the left, in the municipal elections in Troyes in front of Robert Galley. On May 13, 1988, Michel Rocard, who had become Prime Minister, appointed him Secretary of State without ***ignment. He makes it his great adviser and his confidant in charge of missions testing his talents as a diplomat, leaving him to take charge, until May 15, 1991, of the social economy. He will leave his name to a bill in favor of voluntary work allowing employees to take representation leave in order to fulfill their responsibilities in organizations governed by the law of 1901.
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