Joseph Fouché

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Joseph Fouché Joseph Fouché, 1st Duc d'Otrante (May 21, 1759 Le Pellerin, near Nantes, France - December 25, 1820 Trieste, then Austria, now Italy) was a French statesman and Minister of Police under Napoleon Bonaparte. In English texts his title is often translated as Duke of Otranto.


  • "It is more than a crime; it is a political fault," —words which I record, because they have been repeated and attributed to others.
    • Memoirs of Fouché. Commonly quoted, "It is worse than a crime,—it is a blunder", and attributed to Talleyrand.
  • Death is an eternal sleep.
    • Inscription placed by his orders on the Gates of the Cemeteries in 1794.

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