Maurice Papon

1910 - 2007

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Maurice Papon (French pronunciation: ​[mɔʁis papɔ̃, moʁ-]; 3 September 1910 – 17 February 2007) was a French civil servant who led the police in major prefectures from the 1930s to the 1960s, before he became a Gaullist politician. When he was secretary general for the police in Bordeaux during World War II, he participated in the deportation of more than 1600 Jews. He is also known for his activities in the Algerian War (1954–1962), during which he tortured insurgent prisoners as prefect of the Constantinois department, and ordered, as prefect of the Paris police, the severe repression of a pro-National Liberation Front (FLN) demonstration against a curfew that he had "advised." In 1961, Maurice Papon was personally awarded the Legion of Honour by French President Charles de Gaulle, whose government had been struggling with the FLN insurgency. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Papon has received more than 267,617 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Maurice Papon is the 6,820th most popular politician (up from 6,829th in 2019), the 2,103rd most popular biography from France (down from 2,016th in 2019) and the 506th most popular French Politician.

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Among politicians, Maurice Papon ranks 6,820 out of 15,710Before him are Yevgeni Preobrazhensky, Marcus Livius Drusus, Quintus Lutatius Catulus, Lew Wallace, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, and Margaret of Foix. After him are Chilperic of Aquitaine, Ibzan, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, Américo Tomás, Orso Ipato, and Aldona of Lithuania.

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Among people born in 1910, Maurice Papon ranks 84Before him are Dorothea Tanning, Nouhak Phoumsavanh, Masayoshi Ōhira, Pascoal Ranieri Mazzilli, Barthélemy Boganda, and Julien Gracq. After him are John W. Campbell, Alex North, Jack Hawkins, Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Giorgio Perlasca, and Heinz Hoffmann. Among people deceased in 2007, Maurice Papon ranks 98Before him are Luigi Comencini, Denny Doherty, Lee Hazlewood, Vilma Espín, Gianfranco Ferré, and Julien Gracq. After him are Parry O'Brien, David Lane, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, Pierre Messmer, Raul Hilberg, and Raymond Barre.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Papon ranks 2,103 out of 5,234Before him are Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767), Maria of Navarre (1326), Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne (1756), Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney (1757), Julien Benda (1867), and Margaret of Foix (1453). After him are Chilperic of Aquitaine (600), Lambert Wilson (1958), Renée Simonot (1911), Edmond Locard (1877), Marc Augé (1935), and Guillaume Le Gentil (1725).


Among politicians born in France, Maurice Papon ranks 506Before him are Géraud Duroc (1772), Odo III, Duke of Burgundy (1166), Horace François Bastien Sébastiani de La Porta (1772), Richeza of Lotharingia (995), Jacques-Nicolas Billaud-Varenne (1756), and Margaret of Foix (1453). After him are Chilperic of Aquitaine (600), Sébastien Érard (1752), Patrick Devedjian (1944), Pierre-Étienne Flandin (1889), Zénaïde Bonaparte (1801), and Princess Françoise of Orléans (1844).