Comte Jean-Francois Quiappe was born on November 30, 1931, in the French city of Lane. He came from a Corsican family that previously had been known as Chiappe. His father Angelo was a far-right politician who served as a prefect in Marshal Philippe Pétain’s Vichy regime and was shot in Nimes as a Nazi collaborator in January 1945. Jean-Francois’s uncle Jean Quiappe was a well-known right-wing police prefect (he died in a plane crash in 1940).¹

Jean-Francois graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Cours Hattemer private lyceum in 1954. He began his professional career in the public relations department at L’Oréal. Starting in 1957, he appeared on television shows, including “Télé-Match”, “La roue tourne” and “La Tête et les jambes”. In the late 1950s, Quiappe collaborated with right-wing magazines, including the weekly “Rivarol”, the club of whose patrons he headed until his death. He also worked on the radio show of André Castelo and Alain Decaux called “La Tribune de l’Histoire”, co-producing it from 1963 to 1997.²

In 1961, he married Marina Grey-Denikina. In the 1970s, he began publishing his own works on the history of France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1974, Quiappe joined Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front, where he was temporarily vice president, and supported Le Pen in the 1988 presidential election. He was vice president of the so-called Professional Association of Monarchist and Catholic Press. In 1999, he spoke out against the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, signing an infamous petition called “Europeans want peace”.³ Quiappe died on October 21, 2001, in Versailles.⁴

Jean-François Chiappe (1931-2001)

Jean Marie Le Pen (left) and Jean-François Chiappe (middle) in 1981
[1] Wikipedia. ‘Jean-François Chiappe’. In Wikipedia, 10 September 2021.çois_Chiappe.
[2] Babelio. ‘Jean-François Chiappe’. Babelio, 2020.
[3] Wikipedia. ‘Jean-François Chiappe’. In Wikipedia, 10 September 2021.çois_Chiappe.
[4] The Independent. ‘Obituary: Jean-François Chiappe’. The Independent. 6 December 2001.

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