René Bousquet, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


René Bousquet

French police chief

Date of Birth: 11-May-1909

Place of Birth: Montauban, Occitania, France

Date of Death: 08-Jun-1993

Profession: politician, official, banker

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About René Bousquet

  • René Bousquet (French: [??ne buske]; 11 May 1909 – 8 June 1993) was a high-ranking French political appointee who served as secretary general to the Vichy regime police from May 1942 to 31 December 1943.
  • For personal heroism, he had become a protégé of prominent officials before the war and rose rapidly in the government. In 1949, he was automatically convicted as a Vichy official and sentenced to five years of Indignité nationale, but his sentence was reduced due to beliefs that he also aided the Resistance and attempted to preserve some autonomy for French police during the Nazi Occupation.
  • Excluded from the government, he went into business.
  • After receiving amnesty in 1959, Bousquet became active again in politics, supporting left-wing politicians through the 1970s, and becoming a regular visitor of François Mitterrand after his election as president in the 1980s. In 1989, after years of increasing accusations about his activities during the war, Bousquet was accused by three groups of crimes against humanity.
  • He was ultimately indicted by the French Ministry of Justice in 1991 for his decisions during the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942, which led to Jewish children being deported and killed in German Nazi extermination camps in Eastern Europe.
  • Bousquet was assassinated in 1993 by Christian Didier shortly before his trial was to begin.

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