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He registered with the French Communist Party, from which he was to resign in 1956 (Lettre a Maurice Thorez--Letter to Maurice Thorez), and was elected on this grounds as of 1945 as deputy of Martinique, then mayor of Fort-de-France, a position he was to occupy for more than fifty years, in the name of the Parti Progressiste martiniquais (Martinican Progressist Party), that he founded after his separation from the French Communist Party.
Speaking at the International Congress of Women in London in 1899, Popelin combined the more common progressist view of women's right to practice law with a defense of the female attorney "as the natural confidant of the persons of her sex in litigious affairs, the indispensable auxiliary in feminine cases, where the motives of the accused can only be appreciated by her.

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