He was a metal worker, served in the Navy during World War I (1916-1919) and was sentenced to five years in prison for mutiny. He then worked as a politician and temporarily in the leadership of the Parti communiste français (PCF), from 1928 union leader, member of parliament (repeatedly from 1936), leader of the militant communist organization ( FTP - Francs-Tireurs et Partisans Français from 1941) in the French resistance movement (Resistance, FFI) during the Second World War. Then mayor in Aubervilliers and ministers in various governments (air force, armaments, civil reconstruction; 1944–1947), co-founder of the French resistance fighters organization (l'Association nationale des anciens combattants de la Résistance, ANACR) and in 1970 together with Jean-Paul Sartre a new “Red Aid” in France (Secours rouge, France).
He has published the following books, among others: Les FTP: soldats sans uniforme, Un «procès de Moscou» à Paris, On chantait rouge, It is no longer possible to remain silent (the latter together with Roger Garaudy , Maurice Kriegel-Valrimont and Jean Pronteau against the invasion of the CSSR in 1968).
- January 1, 1993: Commander of the Legion of Honor .
- Since 2003 a square in the quarter du Pont-de-Flandre (74e Qu.) In the 19th arrondissement has been named after him.
- Tillon, Charles sciences-po.fr (French)
- Charles Tillon museedelaresistanceenligne.org
- Charles, Joseph Tillon - Base de données des députés français depuis 1789 Assemblée nationale (French)
- Writings by and about Charles Tillon in the WorldCat bibliographic database
- Douglas Johnson: Obituary: Charles Tillon . In: The Independent . January 14, 1993 (English, co.uk ).
- Création de l'ANACR libeptt.org.
- Claude Lecomte: You Mutin au Ministre . In: L'Humanité . 1993 ( humanite.fr ).
- Charles Tillon, 95, French Communist Who Fought Nazis . ( nytimes.com ).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Tillon, Charles Joseph|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 3, 1897|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rennes|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 13, 1993|
|Place of death||Marseille|