Louis Felix Tronchère - Managing Director of the Compagnie Française de Raffinage
Born April 12, 1875 in Alleyras (Haute Loire). Ecole Polytechnique (1896), Artillery. After a job at the PLM Workshops of Arles, joined in 1905 as engineer-director, the Chemin de Fer Sfax - Gafsa of the Compagnie des Phosphates and the Chemin de Fer de Gafsa (Tunisia). Returning to France in 1923, he participated in the liquidation of the company "Pétroles Premiers". He was recruited by Ernest Mercier in November 1923 as Director of the French Union of Petroleum Studies and then in March 1924 as Director of the Compagnie Française des Pétroles. When the Compagnie Française de Raffinage was created in March 1929, he became its Managing Director and remained so until his death in December 1935.
Ernest Mercier will express at the opening of the Board of Directors on December 4, 1935, returning from the funeral "the painful impression on which he remains because of the disappearance of his first collaborator, the one who experienced the difficult days of the beginning, and who , by his energy, managed to overcome all obstacles ”.
Victor de Metz, recruited in 1928 and seconded to the Steaua Romana was then recalled to the headquarters of the PSC.
Louis Tronchère took part in all the fights linked to the creation and the defense of the interests of the Compagnie Française des Pétroles and of France. In particular: from 1924 to 1928, with Robert Cayrol, those of implementing, despite extremely difficult negotiations, the advantages which the Pact of San Remo had conferred on France; in 1928, the alignment of interests between the different parties leading to the creation of a French refining company; in 1930, the defense of French interests in the Franco-English disagreement concerning the route of the pipeline between Kirkuk and the Mediterranean.