Public Figure Profiles

Marcel Chevalier

Marcel Chevalier (28 February 1921 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine – 8 October 2008 in Vendôme) worked as the last chief executioner (Monsieur de Paris) in France. He succeeded his wife's uncle, André Obrecht, in 1976 and held his position until 1981, when capital punishment was abolished under president François Mitterrand and justice minister Robert Badinter. The method of application of the death penalty for civil capital offences in France from 1791 to 1981 was beheading with the guillotine. Military executions were by firing squad.

Chevalier, who started his executioner's career in 1958, performed about 40 executions. After his appointment as chief executioner, on 1 October 1976, he executed only two people. They were the last two executions in France:

Jérôme Carrein, condemned twice for the murder and rape of an 8-year-old girl, was guillotined on 23 June 1977 in Douai.

Hamida Djandoubi for having tortured and strangled his former nurse was guillotined on 10 September 1977 in Marseille.Chevalier worked as a printer subsequent to his retirement. He was married to Marcelle Obrecht with whom he had two children. His son Éric was present at Carrein's and Djandoubi's executions in order to prepare him for succession to chief executioner upon his father's eventual retirement.

Chevalier was interviewed by the press on a number of occasions, but later, disillusioned by the sensationalist nature of press coverage, chose to say nothing of his experiences with the guillotine.

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Some of their strengths

Marcel Chevalier has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Confident, Smart, Intuitive, Passionate, Independent, Bold, and Energetic.

Soulful and Understanding

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Marcel Chevalier is someone who is a soulful, understanding, and conscious person, who combines smarts with a deep talent for creativity and imagination. A person who really cares about helping others make the most of what they have.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Marcel Chevalier well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Marcel Chevalier as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Emotionally Intelligent and Intuitive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Marcel Chevalier is someone who tends to have strong emotional intelligence and intuition, and who can be a catalyst of change for others.

They are also someone who is creative, expressive, and insightful, and who has a pioneering spirit with self-determination and natural artistic expression.

Creative and Imaginative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Marcel Chevalier tends to be someone who is sensitive, imaginative, creative, and somewhat of a dreamer. Who is intuitive and compassionate, and who has a friendly, easygoing, calming and relaxing effect on people and for whom friends and family mean the world.

Some of Marcel Chevalier's challenges

While Marcel Chevalier has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Marcel Chevalier can be Stubborn, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Complicated, Brusque, Arrogant, and Status-seeking.

Indecisive and Unrealistic

One of Marcel Chevalier's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as indecisive and unrealistic.

Marcel Chevalier must also exercise caution as they can be excessive and unrealistic.

Domineering and Impatient

Marcel Chevalier is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Lethargic and Unrealistic

Finally, Marcel Chevalier also can be too soft, lazy and lethargic, and who can have difficulty finding others who share a similarly dreamy outlook on life.

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