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René Coty

Coty, René (rənāˈ kôtēˈ) [key], 1882–1962, French president (1954–59). From 1923 to 1940 he served in the legislature, first as a deputy and then as a senator. In 1940, when France fell to the Germans, he voted to hand all power to Marshal Pétain. After a wartime spent in retirement, Coty returned to the legislature and in Dec., 1953, was elected president as a compromise candidate. In the crisis over Algeria in May, 1958, he threatened resignation if Charles de Gaulle were not made premier; he left office with the creation (1959) of the Fifth Republic.

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