Jules-Henri DESFOURNEAUX

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FrenchBorn Jules-Henri DESFOURNEAUX

Last French executioner to officiate in public

Born on December 17, 1877 in Bar-le-Duc, Meuse , France

Died on October 1, 1951 in Paris , France

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He came from a long line of executioners named Desfourneaux stretching back many hundreds of years . Like all French executioners since 1792 his method of application of the death penalty was beheading by guillotine.



Desfourneaux was recruited by his predecessor Anatole Deibler and attended his first execution as second assistant in 1909. Following the death of Deibler in 1939 - the latter having died of a heart attack in a Metro station while en route to his 401st execution - he was elected chief and was in charge of the last public execution in France on June 17, 1939, when he guillotined the five-time murderer Eugène Weidmann.

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