Célestin HENNION

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FrenchBorn Célestin HENNION

French police officer who rose to head the Prefecture of Police

Born on September 08, 1862 in Gommegnies, France , France

Died on March 14, 1915 in Sainte-Adresse, France

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Hennion was born in Gommegnies in 1862, to Joseph Ghislain Hannion and Mary Catherine Basilaire and was educated at Lycee Le Quesnoy. After leaving grammar school he joined the French Army, and was posted to Tunisia as part of the 110th Infantry Regiment, from 1880 until 1885 during which time Tunisia became a French Protectorate.



On returning to France he joined the police force and in 1886 was an inspector in a specialised railways squad. Hennion had a rapid rise through the force, and was moved into intelligence work where he investigated organisations intent on over-throwing the Third Republic. During the 1890s, Hennion investigated the counter-evidence provided by Georges Picquart during the Dreyfus affair, becoming a strong supporter of Alfred Dreyfus. Hennion also thwarted several attacks against political figures and the state, including the 1899 coup d'Etat by Paul Déroulède and was dispatched with additional troops to quell unrest in Rennes during the second Dreyfus trial. In 1899 Hennion was given the responsibility of protecting the French Head of State.

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