Léon DAUDET

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Author, French Deputy, Senator, Constitutional Council member

FrenchBorn Alphonse Vincent Marie Léon DAUDET

French journalist, writer, an active monarchist, and a member of the Académie Goncourt

Born on November 16, 1867 in Paris , France

Died on June 30, 1942 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence , France

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Daudet was born in Paris. His father was the novelist Alphonse Daudet and his younger brother, Lucien Daudet, would also become an artist. Léon Daudet married Jeanne Hugo, the granddaughter of Victor Hugo, in 1891 and thus entered into the higher social and intellectual circles of the French Third Republic. He divorced his wife in 1895 and became a vocal critic of the Republic, the Dreyfusard camp, and of democracy in general.



Together with Charles Maurras (who remained a lifelong friend), he co-founded (1907) and was an editor of the nationalist, integralist periodical Action Française. A deputy from 1919 to 1924, he failed to win election as a senator in 1927 – despite having gained prominence as the voice of the monarchists. When Maurras was released from prison after serving a sentence for verbally attacking Prime Minister Leon Blum, Daudet joined other political leaders Xavier Vallat, Darquier de Pellepoix, and Philippe Henriot to welcome him in the Vel d'Hiv in July 1937.

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