Félix Faure

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Félix Faure

Félix Faure (born January 30, 1841 in Paris , † February 16, 1899 ibid) was a moderate republican French politician. From 1895 until his death in 1899 he was the 7th President of France .


Faure came from a humble background; his father was the carpenter Jean-Marie Faure (1809-1889), his mother his first wife Rose Cuissard (1819-1852). Félix Faure, however, achieved considerable prosperity as the owner of the trading company Felix Faure & Co. in Le Havre . He was also managing director of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits .

On July 18, 1865, he married Marie-Mathilde Berthe Belluot (1842–1920) in Amboise , with whom he had two daughters: Lucie Faure (1866–1913) and Antoinette Faure (1871–1950). On August 21, 1881 he was elected to the National Assembly. Later he was in charge of the colonies and the navy in the Foreign Ministry , before becoming Minister of the Navy for a year in 1894.

On January 17, 1895, after the resignation of Jean Casimir-Perier , he was elected President. The Dreyfus affair fell during his term of office ; to him was the letter J'accuse (I accuse!), written by Émile Zola and published in the newspaper “L'Aurore”. Faure was reluctant to retrial Dreyfus when exculpatory evidence emerged.

Faure died in the Élysée Palace in Paris in the arms of his mistress Marguerite Steinheil of a stroke allegedly caused by an overdosed aphrodisiac .

Félix Faure was a member of the Knightly Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem .

A lycée in Beauvais now bears his name.

Web links

Commons : Félix Faure  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jean de Cars: Sleeping car. International Express Trains: A Hundred Years of Travel and Adventure . Stuttgart 1984. ISBN 3-613-01028-3 , p. 125.
  2. Michaela Wiegel, Structural Change in Privacy. Since " DSK " France has spoken differently about its politicians. in: FAZ , May 19, 2011, p. 3
  3. Valmar Cramer: The Order of Knights from the Holy Grave , Bachem 1952, p. 87
  4. Page of the German partner school ( Memento of the original from December 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed September 5, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.humboldt-weimar.de