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Bandit, burglar, crook, privateer

FrenchBorn Jacques René MESRINE

French criminal

Born on December 28, 1936 in Clichy-la-Garenne, Hauts de Seine , France

Died on November 02, 1979 in Paris , France

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Born near Paris, Mesrine studied at the prestigious Catholic school Collège de Juilly, but was expelled for his aggressive behavior. He was married at 19 years old (1955) to Lydia De Zouza in Clichy, they divorced in 1956 and he served in the French Army in during the Algerian War. In 1959 he returned to France and was married to Maria De La Soledad in 1961 in Paris.

Mesrine was arrested for the first time in 1962 when, with three accomplices, he attempted to rob a bank in Neubourg. By that time he had been a professional criminal for years. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was released in 1963. He got a job in an architectural design company but was let go following a downsizing in 1964, and he returned to a life of crime.


In December 1965, Mesrine was arrested in the villa of the military governor in Palma de Majorca. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail and later claimed that Spanish authorities believed he was working for French intelligence services.

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