Il suffit d’observer aujourd’hui la lustration des proéminences du monument pour se convaincre que la légende garde la peau dure.(voir photo ci dessous)
January 10, 1870 – Yvan Salmon journalist, said Victor Noir, arrives at 59 rue d’Auteuil Neuilly at the Prince Pierre Bonaparte’s home, cousin of the Emperor. He is accompanied by his colleague Ulrich Fonveille.
Both men are there as a witness to a Paschal Grousset, who consider himself defamed by an article written by the Prince. He then wants him to a duel.
It was not counting on notorious impulsivity of Pierre Bonaparte. Enraged, he grabbed a pistol and fired at the innocent Victor Noir. The brutal death of this young journalist of 21 years was recovered by all opponents of the regime, as the symbol of imperial repression against civil liberties. For the Second Empire, this episode marks the beginning of a long period of decline that will end on September 2 by the defeat of Sedan. Pierre Bonaparte, the Emperor with whom relations were strained enough, meanwhile, was acquitted on the grounds of self defense.
His funeral on January 12 gathered more than 100,000 people. In 1891, the sculptor Jules Dallou will build on his grave a flattering bronze lying still there today. Over the 1960’s this statue was the subject of a mysterious cult. With a manly attribute quite pronounced, it is claimed that rubbing on it promote women fertility.
Just look today at lustration prominences of the monument to be convinced that the legend keeps the skin hard. (See photo below)
Cimetière du Père Lachaise – 89e Division
|Funérailles de Victor Noir
|Victor Noir et Ulric de Fonvielle