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Pierre Semard

Pierre Semard (15 February 1887, Bragny-sur-Saône, Saône-et-Loire - 7 March 1942, Évreux, Eure) was a trade unionist, secretary general of the federation of railway-workers and leader of the French Communist Party (acting as its secretary general from 1924 to 1928). He was shot in prison by the Germans in 1942, and is buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. He was key figure in the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO) and a trade unionist in the Confédération générale du travail unitaire (CGTU) and Confédération générale du travail (CGT).


Childhood and youth

Union militant

Communist leader

Return to unionism

Second World War


  • Pour le Front unique des transports, 1923
  • La Guerre du Rif, 1925.
  • Histoire de la Fédération des cheminots, 1934.
  • Transports en commun bon marché, 1936.
  • « Entretien avec Lénine à l'occasion du IIe congrès du profintern », (retranslated from the Russian), Lénine tel qu'il fut, souvenirs de contemporains, vol. 2, Moscou, 1959.


  • Article by Serge Wokilow in Dictionnaire biographique du mouvement ouvrier, Éditions ouvrières.
  • Philippe Robrieux, Histoire intérieure du parti communiste, Volume IV, Fayard, 1984.

External links

  • André Marty : à la mémoire de Pierre Sémard

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