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Fernand Meysonnier: torture tools belonging to ‘the executioner of Algiers’

by | 12th, April 2012

FERNAND Meysonnier (died: 2008) was one of France’s last state executioners. He killed over 200 people he took his first life at 14. Meysonnier was also into torture.

Earlier this year, Paris-based auction house Cornette de Saint-Cyr brought his collection of torture apparatus to market, at the behest of his daughter. The auction was cancelled amid a human rights outcry . You see, between 1957 and 1962, Meysonnier was “the executioner of Algiers”. When Algerians were fighting for independence from France, Meysonnier went to work on the enemy. The auction house tried to placate the outraged by saying “none of the objects in the sale is concerned with Meysonnier’s sinister activities in Algeria”, according to

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