Pres Felix FAURE
One of the more famous was Felix François Faure (30/01/1841 – 16/02/1899), the 7th President of the 3rd Republic of France, who served as President from 1895 until 1899.
During his term as President, the Exposition Universelle (World Fair of 1900) was planned, and many of the attractions of todays Paris, like the Eifel Tower, Grand Palais, Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III was built.
His straight talk style made him unpopular at times. He once told the automobile manufacturers that: "Your cars are seriously ugly and they stink"
What Felix was rememberd for was not any of the above, but rather his last afternoon in office with his mistress of the time. Having a mistress was not frowned on, like many a French gentleman would attest, but unfortunately for Felix, the moment was too great and he did not survive.
Gabriel Fauré (12/05/1845 – 04/11/1924), the composer, was perhaps the best known Faure.
He started his music carreer at the age of nine when he was sent to a music college in Paris where he met one of his teachers and eventual life-long friend, Camille Saint-Saëns.
Gabriel was organist and teacher (one of his students was Maurice Ravel) and was also appointed the director of the Paris Conservatoire.
A highly regarded and well respected man.
Edgar Faure (18/08/1908 – 30/03/1988) studied law in Paris and became a member of the Bar at 21, the youngest lawyer in France to do so at the time.
In 1942 Edgar fled to Algiers where he was made head of the legislative department of the Provisional Government of the Republic of France. At the end of the war he served as French counsel for the prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials.
By 1946 he was elected to Parlaiment where he served in various ministerial posts, including Prime Minister for 2 terms between 1952 and 1956.
Maurice Faure (02/01/1922 – 06/03/2014) was a member of Parlaiment from 1951 to 1983 and a minister in several French governments. Maurice served as a Senator from 1983 to 1988 and was appointed to the Constitutional Council of France by President François Mitterrand.
He retired to the village Cahors in the south of France where he served as Mayor for 25 years.
In 1957 Maurice co-signed the Treaty of Rome (which resulted in the formation of the European Union) on behalf of France.
Patrick Faure (12/05/1946 - ), son of Maurice (above) was a French businessman.
He joined Renault in 1977 and soon became regional manager. By 1981 he was made manager of Renault Austria and by 1982 Renault UK. In 1985, he was named head of the Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. In January 1986 he was appointed member of Renault's Board of Directors and President of Renault Sport.
Patrick was appointed Chairman and CEO of Renault Sport in 1991. In 1998, he became Chairman and CEO of Renault. In 2001, he was named Executive Vice President. He retired from Renault in 2005.
One of the infamous hails from Australia. Keith George Faure (1951 – ) van Norlane, Victoria, is an Australian career criminal. He is currently serving life imprisonment for, among others, multiple murders, manslaughter, armed robbery and more.
Kieth is from well known criminal stock. His two younger brothers, Leslie and Noel, are also serving long-term sentences for murder and man-slaugter.
But being infamous can also bring fame. Kieth, or rather his actions, was the inspiration for the film 'Chopper' (Australia, 2000) - where his character is portrayed and the TV series 'Underbelly' (Australia 2008) - a dramatic impression of the Melbourne underworld and in particular Kieth's criminal life.