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.