Anquetil spent much of his youth in England among the dockers and through this became acquainted with trade unionism.
When he returned to Mauritius, he helped to found the Labour Party with Dr. Maurice Curé, and fought for the rights of labourers and workers. He saw much injustice and was of opinion that "the workers on the sugar estates were better off when they were slaves". In 1938, he was deported to Rodrigues by the British colonial government for organising strikes in defence of dockers' rights. He spent much time touring the island campaigning for a more liberal form of government, and took part in debates on the revision of the constitution.
His long tours around the island affected his health, and he died in 1946 of pneumonia before the new constitution came into being. He was succeeded by Guy Rozemont as leader of the Labour Party.
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