Jacques Mesrine

1936 - 1979

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Jacques Mesrine (French pronunciation: ​[ʒak mɛʁin]; 28 December 1936 – 2 November 1979) was a French criminal responsible for numerous murders, bank robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in France, the US, and Canada. Mesrine repeatedly escaped from prison and made international headlines during a final period as a fugitive when his exploits included trying to kidnap the judge who had previously sentenced him. An aptitude for disguise earned him the moniker "The Man of a Thousand Faces" and enabled him to remain at large while receiving massive publicity as a wanted man. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Mesrine has received more than 656,187 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Jacques Mesrine is the 85th most popular extremist (down from 77th in 2019), the 1,754th most popular biography from France (down from 1,733rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular French Extremist.

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Among extremists, Jacques Mesrine ranks 85 out of 205Before him are Wilhelm Voigt, Susan Atkins, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, Shamil Basayev, Luciano Leggio, and Taha Yassin Ramadan. After him are Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Armin Meiwes, Delphine LaLaurie, Robert Hansen, Kang Kek Iew, and Joachim Kroll.

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Among people born in 1936, Jacques Mesrine ranks 105Before him are Wolf Biermann, Hideki Shirakawa, Omar Suleiman, Frank Stella, Roy Emerson, and Didier Ratsiraka. After him are Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, Ivan Stambolić, Dyanne Thorne, Ghassan Kanafani, Nicos Poulantzas, and Tuncel Kurtiz. Among people deceased in 1979, Jacques Mesrine ranks 60Before him are Konstantin Simonov, Charles Mingus, Louis Durey, Wilfred Bion, Ali Hassan Salameh, and Richard Rodgers. After him are Jean-Marie Villot, Yuen Siu-tien, Elizabeth Bishop, Heinz Reinefarth, Aleksei N. Leontiev, and Nicos Poulantzas.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques Mesrine ranks 1,754 out of 5,234Before him are Henri Pitot (1695), Jacques Balmat (1762), Monique Wittig (1935), Marie de Gournay (1565), La Goulue (1866), and Marie Casimire Louise de La Grange d'Arquien (1641). After him are Jean-Lambert Tallien (1767), Charles-François Lebrun (1739), Maurice Trintignant (1917), Adélaïde d'Orléans (1777), Nicolas Catinat (1637), and François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg (1628).

Among EXTREMISTS In France

Among extremists born in France, Jacques Mesrine ranks 6Before him are Gilles de Rais (1405), Madame de Brinvilliers (1630), Robert-François Damiens (1715), Henri Désiré Landru (1869), and Jean II, Duke of Alençon (1409). After him are Michel Fourniret (1942), Édouard Vaillant (1840), and Zacarias Moussaoui (1968).