Maurice Bambier
Maurice Bambier was a French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 politician. A steelworker
Steel mill
A steel mill or steelworks is an industrial plant for the manufacture of steel.Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. It is produced in a two-stage process. First, iron ore is reduced or smelted with coke and limestone in a blast furnace, producing molten iron which is either cast into pig iron or...

 by trade, Bambier was a member of the administrative committee for the General Confederation of Labour of Oise
Oise is a department in the north of France. It is named after the river Oise.-History:Oise is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790...

 from 1956 to 1863, Federal Secretary for the Communist Party from 1965 to 1983, and mayor of Montataire from 1983 to 1944.

Early years

Born into a working class family of nine children, Bambier worked from the age of 14 at the Brissonneau and Lotz
Brissonneau and Lotz
Brissonneau and Lotz was a French locomotive manufacturer. In 1972 it was absorbed into Alstom.The company was also a contractor for Opel, making the body for the Opel GT sports car....

 factory in Creil
Creil is a large town in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune within the département of Oise.-History:Archaeological remains in the area include a Neolithic site, as well as a late Iron Age necropolis, perhaps belonging to a Gaulish fortress or protected camp.The city itself...

 and the Desnoyers factory in Laigneville
Laigneville is a town in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune within the département of Oise....

, where he remained for 22 years. In 1943 Bambier became a part of the resistance movement when he joined the Mouvement Jeunes Communistes de France
Mouvement Jeunes Communistes de France
The Mouvement Jeunes communistes de France , commonly called the "JC" , is a political youth organisation, close to the French communist party....

. During this time he enlisted in the army and participated in battles around Dunkirk in 1944 and 1945, for which he was awarded the Croix de guerre.

Political career

After the liberation Bambier became the head of the General Confederation of Labour for Creil. In 1951 he entered the federal secretariat of the French Communist Party
French Communist Party
The French Communist Party is a political party in France which advocates the principles of communism.Although its electoral support has declined in recent decades, the PCF retains a large membership, behind only that of the Union for a Popular Movement , and considerable influence in French...

 (PCF) where he became the first secretary for Oise from 1965 - 1983. Bambier represented the PCF at each general election in the fourth district of Oise from 1956 until his death.

From 1953 onwards Bambier was also the PCF candidate for the Creil mayoral elections, but was systematically beaten by the socialist candidates. In 1977 he became associated with the Union of the Socialist Left. In 1983 Bambier left the PCF and was elected mayor of Montataire, a position he held until his death.

Personal life

Bambier was married and a father of five. He died in hospital in Senlis on 2 March 1994.


  • Dictionnaire biographique, mouvement ouvrier, mouvement social. Tome 1, Période 1940-1968 de la Seconde Guerre mondiale à mai 1968, A à Bek, Paris, Atelier edition, 2006 ISBN 2708238256
  • Raymond Lavigne, Montataire debout depuis les Jacques, Paris, Messidor, 1990

External links

  • Hommage à Maurice Bambier Le Parisien
    Le Parisien
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    8 March 2008
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