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After his studies in Sorèze, Mistler, of Alsatian origin by his father (his family left Alsace in 1871), prepared for the entry exam of the National university at the Henri IV college, where he had a professor of Émile Chartier philosophy. Mobilized into the artillery in 1916, he withdrew due to pacifist convictions. He is was accepted into a Teacher training school in 1919, and received first with German aggregation in the following year. Rather than teach, he chose to postulate at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for a foreign assignment. He was named with the legation from France to Hungary, becoming a cultural attache, at the same time he taught at the university of Budapest. In 1925 he was accepted into the Quay d'Orsay (Service of Works), where he succeeded Paul Morand.
He started a political career in 1928 when he was elected deputé of l'Aude under the label radical socialist. He was under-secretary State at the Art schools and several times minister from 1932. From 1934, he was Minister for the postal and telecommunications authorities in the government of Albert Sarraut, as a music lover he created the radio symphony orchestra, ancestor of Radio-France orchestrata. From 1936, he chaired the commission on Foreign affairs. Parallel to his political activities, Mistler had begun a career as a writer, with the publication of Châteaux en Bavière (1925) and Ethelka (1929). On July 10, 1940, like chair commission of the vote for all the House of Commons, is him which presents to the National Assembly, at this meeting in Vichy, the unique article entrusting the full powerss to the Pétain marshal for purposes to prepare a new constitution project. What will be worth to him, with the Release, to be called “the naufragor of the Republic” (title he could easily divide with much others)… After having occupied, like a penitence, a station with the Editions of the Rock after the war, he will become then general secretary then president of the House of the French book (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), and finally, from 1964 to 1969, director of the department of general literature to the Libraire Hachette. Parallel to these activities, Mistler regularly wrote chronicles of literary or musical criticism for L'Aurore.
Mistler is buried in the family vault d' Auriol with Sorèze.
He is known for Châteaux en Bavière (1925) and Ethelka (1929).
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- Ithier de Fougerolle, Jean Mistler in the Dictionnaire des ministres de 1789 à 1989, edited by Benoît Yvert, Paris, Perrin, 1990
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