Joseph Fouché

[1st Duc d'Otrante]

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Joseph Fouché, 1st Duc d'Otrante (21 May 1759 Le Pellerin, near Nantes, France – 25 December 1820 Trieste, then part of the Austrian Empire, now Italy) was a French statesman and Minister of Police under Napoleon I. In English texts, his title is often translated as Duke of Otranto.

Fouché was born in Le Pellerin, a small village near Nantes. His mother was Marie Françoise Croizet ... more »

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  • ''It is worse than a crime: it is a mistake.''
    Joseph Fouché (1759-1820), French minister of police under Napoleon. Attributed. Remark, March 21, 1804, on the execution of the abducted royalist...
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