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France-Albert René

President of Seychelles

France-Albert René (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃salbɛʁ ʁəne]; 16 November 1935[1] – 27 February 2019)[2] was a Seychellois politician. He was the second President of Seychelles from 1977 to 2004. His name is often given as simply Albert René or F.A. René; he was also nicknamed Ti France.

France-Albert René
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2nd President of Seychelles
In office
5 June 1977 – 14 July 2004
Vice PresidentJames Michel
(1996–2004)
Preceded byJames Mancham
Succeeded byJames Michel
2nd Prime Minister of Seychelles
In office
29 June 1976 – 5 June 1977
PresidentJames Mancham
Preceded byJames Mancham
Succeeded byoffice abolished
Personal details
Born(1935-11-16)16 November 1935
Victoria, Crown Colony of Seychelles
Died27 February 2019(2019-02-27) (aged 83)
Mahé, Seychelles
Political partySeychelles People's Progressive Front
Spouse(s)Karen Handley (1950s)
Geva Adam (1975)
Sarah Zarquani (1992)
Alma materKing's College London
ProfessionLawyer, politician
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René died on 27 February 2019 in Mahé, Seychelles from respiratory failure, aged 83.[3]

BiographyEdit

France-Albert René was educated at St Mary's College in Southampton, England, and at King's College London before becoming a lawyer in Seychelles from 1957 to 1961. Abroad, he was deeply involved in Party politics. Labor, then led by Clement Attlee and later Hugh Gaitskell. These experiences led him to adopt a moderate socialist ideology, favorable to state intervention in the economy and to close ties with conservative forces such as the Roman Catholic Church - the initial goal of his career being to become a member of the clergy. Later, France-Albert René denounced local church leaders who criticized his policy. In 1964, he formed the United People's Unity of Seychelles, precursor of the current People's Party of Seychelles.

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