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Jacques Mesrine

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Jacques Mesrine
Jacques Mesrine.jpg
Booking photo of Mesrine, taken in 1973.
Jacques René Mesrine

(1936-12-28)28 December 1936
Died2 November 1979(1979-11-02) (aged 42)
Cause of deathShot by four police officers
Other namesFrench Robin Hood
The Man of a Hundred Faces
Occupationsoldier, thief, smuggler, restaurateur, cook, chauffeur
Criminal statusDeceased
Spouse(s)Lydia De Souza (divorced)
María de la Soledad (divorced)
Jeanne Schneider (partner)
Sylvia Jeanjacquot (partner)
Parent(s)André Pierre Mesrine and Fernande Buvry-Mesrine
Criminal chargeAssassination, bank robbery, burglary, kidnaping, smuggler.
Penalty20 years

Jacques Mesrine (French pronunciation: ​[ʒak mɛsʁin]; 28 December 1936 – 2 November 1979) was a French criminal responsible for numerous murders, bank robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in France, the US, and Canada. Mesrine repeatedly escaped from prison and made international headlines during a final period as a fugitive when his exploits included trying to kidnap the judge who had previously sentenced him. An aptitude for disguise earned him the moniker "The Man of a Thousand Faces" and enabled him to remain at large while receiving massive publicity as a wanted man. Mesrine was widely seen as an anti-establishment 'Robin Hood' figure. In keeping with his charismatic image, he was rarely without a glamorous female companion. A two-part film which came out in 2008 was based on Mesrine's life.

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Some events of this movie are based on fiction. It's not possible to completely show... complexity of a man's life, which everybody perceives differently. Mesrine: Part 1 - Death Instinct I was born maybe a half mile from here. Go ahead, go. - Did you let him in? - Yeah. Algeria, 1959. - I can't... - Everything will be alright, brother. Look at me, everything will be fine. Think about your family. Look at me. Where is the bomb? God won't help you. - Stop! Let him go! - Mind your own shit! - Mesrine! - I am gonna shake him up. Talk... Look at your brother. Do you want a cigarette? Don't tell them anything, they'll kill you anyway. I like you, tell me where is the bomb at? Nobody has to suffer. I tell you everything. Don't tell them anything! Jasmin! - Where is the bomb? - Say nothing! - Don't tell them! - Shut her hole! Leave her alone! That's my sister! Stop! Leave her alone! I play with her for a little bit. Stop! I kill you! Kill them! Shoot! It's your duty! No! Where did you hide the bomb, you bastards?! Father found you a job. - Really? Yes. - At the factory. Steelmill? - Yes, right there. Good factory. If you'll like it over there, you'll have a good future. Thank you. Hey, where you at? - Come down. - Ok, i'll be right there. I'll be right back. - You haven't eaten anything. - Do you have any money? Yes, I do. - So, how was it with the guerilas? - It was a piece of cake. - How was Algeria? - Good. I don't feel like talking about it. - You have a nice ride. I see you're doing fine. - I'm not complaining. I'm doing some work, you know. It's good money. - Tell me more about it. - I'll tell you everything about it. - And where are we going? - I asked where we are going? - It's always so many people here. - Always packed. Let's go. Ladies, how are you? I came with my friend. Take care of him. We'll see. Jacques, come here. - He's handsome. - I'll be having fun with Suzan. - I'm Sarah. - Sarah... Haven't we met before? - Are you in it for the money only? - Yeah, only when i get paid. You'll pay me. You're very nice, but i won't let you go unless you pay me. We'll see. Hey guys. - Where you been? - Some of us have to work too. - This is Major. - This is my payout. Who's dealing? - You wanna lift? - I take a walk. I'm completely broke. Can i borrow for a cab? - That's too much. - Are you sure? - Yeah, thanks. Listen these your "dirty jobs", could you let me in? - Yes. - Relax, just push harder. - Ok. The safe is behind that bookshelf. This one? Look what i found. - Check it out, so much money is here. - What a catch. Thieves! What do you want here? - Hello, are you the owners of this apartment? - Yes. - Excellent. Inspector Bernar... Romain Japl? The Police. I must inform you that you've been robbed. - And that's not all. Those scumbags turned your bedroom upside down. - God! - Calm down honey. - Calm down madam. I'm sorry. - We found this weapon at your place. - Yes, this is my rifle. I hope you have a permit for it. Bring it to the police precinct as soon as possible. - To be honest, i don't know where it is... - Daniel, did you take the fingerprints? Yes, i did. Get ready, we're going to laboratory. - Eduard, come take a look. - Go, i think missus will be shocked. Quiet Marie, calm down. - We'll be expecting you at the precinct tomorrow at 9. - Ok, we'll be there. Thank you. - Listen, Do you still have these kinda jobs? - Sure, a plenty. - Do you want me to introduce you to the boss? Who is it? - Guido. Guido, this is my buddy Jacques Mesrine i talked to you about. Jacques Mesrine? - Paul told me a lot about you. Thanks. - Sit down. When are you going to stop bringing me these wandering dogs from the streets? - It's not... - Are you talking about me? - No, not you. - I asked you something , Paul. - And i asked you too, grandpa! - What? - Wandering dogs? You mean me? What's pissing you off? - I hope you have a big army behind you. - My army is secret organization. Everybody recognize it and it attacks whenever it wants to. You are just bragging, you old babbler. - If you don't know how to socialize with older people, you shithead, then i will have to teach you some manners. And what else would you like? Are you looking for this? That's what happens when you hug old people. - Where is you respect? - Okay, calm down. Don't be afraid I'm not a sociopath. - Yes. - I see you're not dumb. I give you an advice, the kind you'll only get from a friend. In our bussiness you can't win. At the end of your career if you lucky... you'll get this. If you get out of water dry... Are you following me? Thanks. I take your advice to my heart. If you really consider me as a friend, call me Jacques. Of course Jacques, sure. My Jacques. My lovely Jacques. Do you wanna do it again? I have a friend, but... if you'll pay me, i'll work for you. Have you lost your mind? What are you blabbing about? Who do you think i am? Some sucker? I don't need your services. I'll manage without you. Don't be so pissed. - I like you, Sarah - I like you too. You must be careful how you talk to me. Hi. - Your boss called. - What did he want? He said you didn't come to work for a week. - And what? - What "what"? Father have found you a good job and that's the way you pay him back? So what. What's your problem? Leave me alone! Good man earns for his livelihood honestly! Keeps his family together and has a respect for them. Talk to your son! You know, Me and your mom, we don't want you to leave. It's your house. Your mom, your mom... Speak for yourself for once. What's going on with you, Jacqui? Jacques is tired of his father being henpecked. And i am ashamed how you collaborated with germans. And one more thing, tell me one reason why i should be proud of my father. No, i didn't work for germans. - I was forced to. - Nobody forced you, dad! The same way nobody forced me to go to Algeria! My god, just tell me what's going on with you. Do you have any pride? Spain, 1960. - It's nice here. - I wouldn't lie to you. These two are coming to greet us. Excuse me. How you doing? - Good? - We are french. - Blond is mine. - Ok, then i take brunette. Do you understand? Yeah, i do. - Paris, Paris... France. - Eiffel tower. - Yeah. You know... Wait. Hey, Paul, how do you say kiss in spanish? - Beso. - Oh, kiss! A little beso... - I want you "beso". - No, please. - I got to go. - No, no, no... Hey, man! Hi. Hi. Would you like to dance? - In spanish you say "bailar". - Bailar? Great. So, would you like to "bailar"? No. Sofia, say yes. - Are you coming? - Yes. - I'd like to dance, boy. - Frenchmen don't dance. Come to my room, number 10. - No, no. - Why? - No. - Really? - Yes. I have never been with someone before. It's the first time. - First time? - Yes. Sofia... Hey, Jacques! It's time, let's go! We got to go. Move a bit faster. Get in. We're leaving. Bye! Bye! What can you do in weather like this? Weather is not bothering me, I work where it doesn't matter. - What do you need the gun for? - You don't carry the gun? - No, I don't. If you do anything can happen. - Is it here? - Yeah. - Good evening! - Good evening! - Do you want something to drink? - Give me whiskey. - Double. - Is Sarah here? - No, she's not but she'll be here soon. Sarah is taken, but Mado is free. Go! I wouldn't take this one. - Gentlemen, would you buy a lady a drink? - Get lost! - What if you'd show some respect for the lady? - Beat it! Get lost! What's that about? Are you serving faggots in your bar? I told you to get lost! Hey, you! What kind of manners are these? What's wrong? Anyone else wants some too? Huh? Jacques, What are you doing here? Leave him alone! - My poor boy. - What are you doing? - Have you lost your mind? - Are selling yourself because of him? Yeah. And you got a problem with it? He's my friend, ok? You snake! Get out of here! I didn't ask you for anything! - My love. - My nose... - I'm so sorry. - Sweet couple. Get out of here! Get out! I'm sorry, Sarah. God! Sit in back. Your nose got bigger. It's nothing. And how's Sarah, is she alive? Listen Jacques, i've made an agreement with Guido. I let you have her. I fixed her smile a little bit . Ahmed, that's nice suit. - It's a classic. Isn't it Guido? - A classic suit. - Is excellent. - Oh, yeah. - I look in it like a real frenchman. Frenchman? You know how they call an Arab in suit like this? - Do you know it, Guido? - No, I don't know. They say, "defendant , stand up!" good joke. Jacques, do you know what they call Arab in ashtray? No. A wastefulness. Three of them would fit in it. Good joke. - We're just joking. - Don't be afraid. - We are not like that. - No, we are not. You son of bitch. I spit on people like you! Guido, i gave you a word of a man. I promised you! - Your arab word is worth a shit! - Shut up! Shut up! - Come here so i can see you better. - Look, he whiffs like girl. - Shut your hole! I would put bullet in a man's head, but an animal like you, i finish off with knife! Did you want to sell Sarah! For how much? Die you asshole! Well, what you got? Flesh. - What's that? - That's not important. - Jacques, did you get married? - Yes, I did. - Are you married? - I am. Heard that, Guido? He got married. - She's pregnant. - He got married because she is pregnant. Bravo. Enough. Hey, are you gonna serve me finally? Pour drinks! Bitch! Move your ass! What are you doing? Pour drinks! Hey, guys, what's the problem? And who are you? Son of this bitch or the owner? Please, serve them. move your ass! Well, you see. Nothing's happening. Keep playing. Everything is okay. This for disrespect and this for your drinks. - Does it always take so long? - Depends. - 8-10 hours, depends. - That long? Depends, maybe even longer. - When you become father, maybe you'll settle down. - Maybe. Lot of things change with time but me. - Only a few people change. - It's true. - Do you remember Skazatov? - Who is he? - You shot him in his knees, that guy. Oh, Skazatov, i remember. And what about him? A couple days ago he came with two buddies and was asking about you. Were they tough guys? Yes they were. But without my approval they won't do anything to you. Really? So it's cool. What are they doing over there? A child. - Mister Mesrine? - It's me. Guido, finally. You have a beautiful daughter. You the man. - How are you? - She's beautiful. Hi. What happened? - Were you out with buddies and whores? - Yeah, you're right. Wait. Let me finish it. Yeah, i was with my buddies. - How about whores? - Whores? Whores. why would i need whores when i have a woman like you? That bank looks great. Only two tellers work there, but most importantly there's no safe. These morons keep money under regular lock. Jacques, it's a walk in the park. - And you don't want to do it? - No. - Why? - Because i'm going with Guido. - I don't have any choice and you know that. - That bank can be easily robbed. Get in, get out, the same way bunnies fuck. - Yeah, as long as bunnies won't get fucked by someone else. - Yeah. To bunnies! I do it! Prison divreux, 1962. - How are you? - Dad. Did she say "dad"? My little girl. Dad. She said it. I'm dad. Your daddy. She said it for the first time. Jacques... I don't know what to do. - What do you mean? - I phoned your parents and they said... i should go back to Spain. What kinda crap is this? Is this why you came here? To look at me and tell me you're taking my daughter away from me? Sofia, look at me. Do you want to tell me that? I love you...'re my wife. I need you a lot. Phone my parents, they'll help you out. Sofia... For them you're like their own daughter. - Will you phone them? - Yes, I will. This is my mom. Mom. She's a beauty your mom. I just got out of jail. I'm not ashamed to say i was there for robberies. And the reason I don't have any references it's simply because... my life was on the edge since i came back from army. And right here I'd like to start fresh from zero. I'm doing this because of my parents, my wife and of course for myself. But most importantly for little daughter because... ... i have a little a daughter. You know, your past is not helping you. But at the same time i feel your honesty. You can start work tomorrow. - Really? Yes. - Thank you. - I'll show you where you'll work. - Sure. This way, please. - Here you go. - Thank you. Jacques, your little Bruno is a cutie. Doesn't he cry during the night? Only rarely, but that's pretty normal. - Does he cry? No. - You're sweet. - Just wait when his teeth start coming out... - Anyway, we'll see. - I adore kus-kus. - You know what, you should open a restaurant. - You're good cook. - Besides, he already has a job with a good pay. - We don't miss anything. - Don't get excited. Sofia, come to me, honey. - Good night. Good night. - Bye, bye. I have a job for you. You wanna make some money? No, i don't. - No? - No, i don't want to. Because of Sabrine and Bruno. I live and support myself honestly. Alright we'll discuss it any other time. Let me know. - Jacques, you got a minute? - Yeah, i do. - I have serious problems. - Like what? I'll have to fire somebody. - But above all... - I get it. - Wait... - It's alright. - Last one to come, first one to go. - I haven't decided yet. - Don't make anything out of it, you're good man. - Don't worry because of me. - So, i'm ready. Let's go. - Jacques? - Jacques, where are you going? - Everything's ok. I'm going out with my buddies. What buddies? You said you're done with it. - Listen to me! - You listen to me! I don't have time for this now. - You promised me that you won't hang out with them anymore. - That's history. Go back to them and that whore too! - And what's bothering you? - Why can't you just stay home? This is the home of my parents! I lost my job! - I don't care whose home is it! - Quiet! You wake up Bruno! If you leave, I'll call cops! What did you say? Say it again! Repeat what you just said! Don't you ever say these words again, ok? - Come here! Open the mouth! - So, kill me! - Open your mouth! If i should choose between my buddies and you, i'd choose them. Remember that. Mom! Take care of daughter. Fat Guido. You think i can't recognize you through the mask? You're ridiculous. - Yeah, sure. - The guy you're getting these papers for... is already dead. - You asshole. Looser. - Shut up! Who sent you? - Chevallier? - Shut up! This is your end. You're finished. You've reached your goal. I found them. - Why did you do it? Mind your own shit. Any other questions? - You killed unarmed man! - Do you recall how you put the gun in your wife's mouth. That's something different. I break. - Do you bet more or you wanna take a break? - Time, time, time... You don't need me to give you an advice. You'll figure it out yourself. - Here! - Why are you throwing away your wedding ring? - She has abandoned us. Me and three kids. - What? Yeah. - Really? Yeah. - Good. You think this is more than three? Doesn't matter. Fuck Sofia. So, Who is the best? Your friend Paul won everything. - Handsome, are you gonna buy me a drink? He can't, he's here with me. okay then. Thanks. - What's your name? - Jeanne. Jeanne? Funny. And I am Tarzan. - My real name is Jacques. - My pleasure Jacques. - What do you want to drink? - I thought it's customary for a gentleman to ask this question. Traditions need to be changed. - I try. I'm ready for everything. - Me too. Really? Yes. - Quiet! Nobody moves! - Everybody put your hands on the table! - Quickly, all of you hands on the table! - I said, hands on the table! Hey, calm her down! Move, hurry, hurry! What's your problem?! - I said, quiet! - Quiet! - Quick, move! - Jacques... - now you're stealing from me? Do you have a problem with it? - You won't get too far. - Don't worry about me. I have what i want. Here is a tip. - Dad, why isn't it working? Sweetie, because the ball and the racket must be this way. - Are you alright? Dad, does it hurt? - No, it's nothing, honey. I'm only injured. - I love you dad. - I love you too. In front of my daughter! What the hell is it! Will you stay together? Do you still want to be with him? - To the end. Yes, of course. If you love this woman, run away with her and come back when everything settles down. Do you really mean it? You think they won't go after us once we cross the border? The police is trying to get you, i won't help you with that. Yeah, but they were shooting at my daughter! I guess there are some rules! What rules?! In this bussiness there's only one rule, rule of the jungle. Everything has principles and moral laws. Get ready. It will hurt. Don't twist, I almost had her. Guido! Remember in the future, this is being used for killing people! Good. Let me, i'll help you out. Bye mom. - Come to me. - Bye dad. - My love. - Be back soon. Montreal, 1968. More, more, more! Good! You're doing pretty good for a Frenchman. It seems you are not from around here. How long have you been here? A month or two. Do you like this job? I was doing better back in France. What was your job? I was robbing banks. My name is Jacques Mesrine. And yours? Jean-Paul Mercier. I'm helping to finance a thieves. Pefect job in Quebec. - Pleased to meet you. - You too. Because of your criminal past I have to deny your residence application. You have 10 days to leave Canadian territory. Dear. How did it go at the immigration? Good, but we need more time. Next week you don't have to go back to construction job. - Why? - I replied to an ad from some millionaire. He's looking for a driver. We'll go for an interview. - Will you be working for him too? Yes, I always want to be with you. Mr. Davallier. Mrs. Schneider and Mr. Mesrie are here. Come in, please. - Welcome. - So it's you, Jacques and Jeanne. My guardian angels. - I suppose that we are hired. - And you have my blessing too, my son. So in that case, thanks dad. Let's go one, two and three. Are you alright? Slowly. We are not in a hurry. Don't worry, i'm holding you. So where to, sir? - to Santlar street. - Sure. Hello sir. - Have you paid for the parking? - I live here, here is my card. - Good then, take care. Look. - This is from Jacques. - From Jacques? I'm telling you for the first and the last time, stop mingling in to my work. - I don't want to see you here anymore! - What? Are you going to complain? I've been working here for more than 20 years! Just go! - You'll see, you won't get out of this that easily! - Go, just go! That's okay. My gardener gave me a notice. You talked to him with disrespect. The whole altercation was provoked by you. - That guy is just a nobody. - Maybe he is, but he served me loyally for 20 years. And I only knew you for three months, so with less regret i rather say goodbye to you. - I'm giving two days to leave this house. - Sure. Come, we're leaving. Jacques, we have to talk! Jacques! - Jacquesi! - Damn! What?! What! - Why are you treating me like this? For disrespecting me, Georges. - and for disrespecting my wife. - Tell me... what do you intend to do with me? - Jacques?! - What? At first, you've been so nice to us, and then because of that idiot gardener, you fired us! Are we some kind of scum? You'll pay for this. I'll teach you some respect! - My brother will pay you. - It's possible. In the meanwhile let me watch the TV! Jacques! Help! - Hi Jacques. This is Jean-Paul. - What's up? - I don't think he'll come. We'll see about that. I'm done talking! He thinks, he is gonna pull my leg. That old fart didn't show up with the money! He'll pay, you'll see Jeanne. That's him. Shit! - What are we going to do, Jacques? Look. - Shit! I have to stop. Fine, stop. Get ready! No. It's too many of them. THE END OF THE RUN FOR BONNIE SCHNEIDER AND CLYDE MESRINE! DESLAURIER'S KIDNAPPERS AGREED TO THEIR EXTRADITION TO CANADA - What do you say on your arrival to Quebec. - Quebec? A very restricting country. BILLIONAIR DESLAURIER WILL TESTIFY AT TRIAL Tell us, do you regret what you did? No, i don't regret anything! 10 YEARS FOR MESRINE AND 5 YEARS FOR SCHNEIDER Say a few words to our viewers. One word! It doesn't matter what. Anything. Long live Quebec! - Hey, do you want take a picture or what? - No.5933, for the first month you are not allowed to talk! I don't give a shit what i can't do. I'm Jacques Mesrine. Stop pissing me off! - No.5933, take it off from your face! - I can't sleep with this light on! - Take it off from your face, no.5933! - Leave me alone! Stop! It's not neccesary! Why?! Why?! No! No! No! No! No! Your stay in isolation is over. Welcome at the prison with maximum security. Forget about it, Frenchman. I've seen you on TV. Long live Quebec, right? You think you can get through barb wire? Your friend Mercier is right there where you've been tortured by Gottier. - How is he? - How could he be, he's barely alive. See you soon, French. By the way, you looked more happier on TV. Hey! - Nice to see you again. - You too. Hey, hold on. They're watching. - Here you go. - Thanks. Do you know these two? - Which ones? - The fat one with buddy. That fat one is murderer. The other one, too. He's suspected of killing the guard. Why? Are they causing problems for you? Right now, i don't know. I think I know how we'll escape from here. We'll get through the fence. During our walk in daylight? Do you have any other ideas? Good, Jacques. When? By the fall you'll be either outside or you'll be dead. I'm for it. Death or freedom. Tell me honestly. What do you want from me, Frenchman? - I need tools. - What's in it for me? I don't have anything to offer you. Except a chance for freedom. If i'll manage to get out of here, i'll take you with me. I'm giving you my word. You're desparate, Frenchman. I like it. - Let's go. - See you. Did he agree? - What day is today? - I know is monday. Jesus, Frenchman! Do you want to get killed?! But not here and not on monday. They are always watching, except on monday after weekend hangover. Mercier, let's go. - Are you looking out? - Yeah. Hurry! Don't worry, everything is ok. Stop! Or i'll shoot! Come on, let's get out of here! Everybody on the ground! Face to the ground! Today prisoners escaped from prison with maximum security. Until now this was considered impossible. - Jean-Paul! - What? - They talk about us. - Leave me alone right now! - Jean-Paul! Give me two minutes, damn! We're famous, Jean-Paul. Don't go out with your hands up only if they'll capture both of us. They shoot at everybody, whoever moves. - We must be fast. How much time do we have? 30 seconds. Not enough? - Do we have a choice? - No. I wanna see your hands! Quick on the floor! Don't move! Quiet! I said don't move! Don't move and nothing happens to you! I'm telling you, don't move! Jacques! Stay where you are! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Thank you ladies and gentlemen. Take care. Stay nicely on the floor. No, not yet. That one across the street too. - What? Let's go! You're crazy! Jacques! It's time. I'll be back soon! I love you. - Take care. - Go! That's Frenchman! Now? Yeah. - One... - two, three! Shit! Should i go? Watch out. Majos! Jean-Paul! Let's get the hell outta here! We have to back up! Grenade! - Jean-Paul. - I'm ok! Step on it! Help him! Quickly! Let's go! <i>Public enemy no. 1</i> Only two minutes. - You cannot have more. - Ok. Marta Baron speaking. Yes Jeanne, he is here. Hello, my dear. Yes, my love. How are you? Everything is fine. Not bad. It's ok. No, nothing is fine. As soon as i'll get better, i'll be there right away. - No, don't organize anything. What's going on with you, honey? Stop. Mercier is with me. We're armed to the teeth. I'll come to get you. No, please don't do it. Soon my jail time will be over. Hush, what are you talking about? I'll come to get you, my love. We'll leave together and everything will stay behind us. Don't do it, Jacques. I don't want you to come. - I'm asking you, please understand. - I'll come to get you! - I'll come! Stop! - No, they know you'll come. They're waiting for you! They could kill you! They won't kill me, trust me. Soon, bye. Jacques, you must not come. I said i'll come and i really will do it, damn! - Did you hear me? I'll come. No, Jacques... No... Calm down and be ready, you hear me? See you soon. It's over. What are you saying? It's over... It's over, Jacques. Now try with the left hand. - Damn! - It's harder now, isn't it? My hand is still weak. Watch out. Shit. Hello. Hello. Greetings. - That was you shooting? - It's hunting season... Season is over. You see, i told you. We were just practicing our shooting. Really? Indeed I know you. Escaped prisoners! Enough, Enough! They'll hang us for this, that's for sure. Yeah, death or freedom. death or freedom. Jean-Paul Mercier was killed by Canadian police two days later during the bank robbery. Following the attack by Jacques Mesrine and Jean-Paul Mercier on maximum security prison, an inquiry was ordered to shed a light on the conditions in the prison. The findings of the investigation led to the closure of the prison. Jeanne Schneider served the remainder of her sentence in Fleury-Meogis prison and finished her days in France. free... Regarding Jacquese Mesrine... The End of first part. End


Early life and criminal career up to 1965

Jacques René Mesrine was born in Clichy-la-Garenne near Paris on 28 December 1936 to a couple of blue-collar origin who had moved up in social class. As a child, he witnessed a massacre of villagers by German soldiers. His parents had great aspirations for their son and sent him to the prestigious Catholic Collège de Juilly where his friends included the likes of musician and composer Jean-Jacques Debout. Mesrine was an extremely unruly pupil and he was expelled from Juilly for attacking the principal. He went on to be expelled from other schools and fell into the lifestyle of a juvenile delinquent, much to the dismay of his family. In 1955, at age 19, he married Lydia De Souza in Clichy; the couple divorced a year later. Drafted into the French Army, he volunteered for special duty in the Algerian War as a parachutist/commando. While participating in counter-insurgency operations, Mesrine's duties are said to have included the killing of prisoners. Although he disliked military discipline, Mesrine enjoyed action and was decorated with the Cross for Military Valour by General Charles de Gaulle before leaving the army in 1959. His father was later to claim that the time in Algeria had brought about a noticeable deterioration in Mesrine's behavior.[1][2][3]

In 1961, Mesrine became involved with the Organisation armée secrète. He married Maria De La Soledad; they had three children but later separated in 1965. In 1962, Mesrine was sentenced to 18 months in prison for robbery (his first prison sentence, although he had been a professional criminal for a number of years). After being released, Mesrine made an effort to reform: he worked at an architectural design company where he constructed models, showing considerable ability. However, a downsizing in 1964 resulted in him being laid off. His family bought him the tenancy of a country restaurant, a role in which he was quite successful, but this arrangement ended after the owner paid a visit one evening to find Mesrine carousing with acquaintances from his past. The lure of easy money and women proved impossible for him to resist and he returned to crime. Overcoming some suspicion about his relatively middle-class background, Mesrine began to establish a reputation in the underworld as a man who was crossed at one's peril.[3][4]

In December 1965, Mesrine was arrested in the villa of the military governor in Palma de Mallorca. He was sentenced to six months in jail and later claimed that Spanish authorities believed he was working for French intelligence.[3]

Canary Islands, Canada, Venezuela, 1966–1972

In 1966, Mesrine opened a restaurant in the Canary Islands. In December of the same year, he robbed a jewellery store in Geneva and a hotel in Chamonix. The following year, Mesrine robbed a fashion store in Paris. In February 1968, he fled to the province of Quebec with his then mistress, Jeanne Schneider, and worked as a cook and chauffeur for grocery and textile millionaire Georges Deslauriers for a few months. An argument Schneider had with Deslauriers' long-time respected gardener led to them being dismissed. They then attempted to kidnap Deslauriers, but it went wrong due to the fact that the 'knock out drops' they used were inert and on June 26, 1969, Mesrine and Schneider fled to the U.S. On June 30, Evelyne Le Bouthillier, an elderly lady who may have given them refuge, was found strangled. A couple of weeks later, on July 16, Mesrine and Schneider were arrested in Arkansas on information supplied by an accomplice and extradited back to Québec.[5]

Mesrine was sentenced to ten years in prison for the bungled kidnapping, but escaped a few weeks later, only to be reapprehended the next day. Mesrine and Schneider were acquitted of the murder of Le Bouthillier in 1971. With Jean-Paul Mercier, Mesrine cut through the wire to escape again on August 21, 1972, with five others from the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul prison. Mercier, a wanted murderer, and Mesrine then robbed a series of banks in Montreal, sometimes two in the same day. By this time it was apparent that Mesrine did not have a normal criminal attitude towards minimizing the danger of being caught. Deeply resenting the way he had been treated in the prison, Mesrine and Mercier made an extremely risky attempt to precipitate a mass break out from the maximum security block of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul on September 3, 1972. However, their own break-out had caused perimeter security to be greatly increased and they found the area swarming with armed guards. There was a shoot-out in which two guards were seriously injured and Mercier was wounded before they managed to get away. The effrontery of escaped convicts returning to attack a prison infuriated Canadian law enforcement; the escapade predictably led to a hugely increased effort to apprehend the duo.[4]

Murder of Médéric Cote and Ernest Saint-Pierre

A week after their foiled attempt to free the prisoners, Mesrine and Mercier went for a target practice session, taking Mercier's girlfriend along. But the location, though three miles down a dirt track through the forest, was far from being truly remote and the noise of them blasting away at targets all afternoon could be heard in the town of Plessisville where there was a Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife station. When Mesrine and company drove back along the track, two forest rangers, Médéric Cote, aged 62, and Ernest Saint-Pierre, aged 50, were waiting. The rangers were armed but their jobs had mainly involved enforcing hunting and firearms regulations, and in any case, there was no reason for them to expect that the men who had been making themselves conspicuous by such a disturbance would actually be wanted escapees. Realizing they were not policemen, Mesrine submitted to a search of the car, but on finding loaded guns in the rear, the rangers informed them that they would have to follow their car back to Plessisville. While Mesrine was trying to talk them out of this, Cote, possibly alerted by the sight of the arsenal of weapons, suddenly recognised the pair, whereupon Mesrine and Mercier shot both officers dead.[4]

Mesrine continued robbing banks in Montreal,Canada, and even covertly gained access into the US again for a brief stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, before moving to Caracas, Venezuela.[3]

Return to France: 1972–1977

By the end of 1972, Mesrine had returned to France, where he resumed robbing banks. On March 5, 1973, during an argument with a cashier in a coffee bar, Mesrine brandished a revolver and seriously injured a police officer who tried to intervene. He was arrested 3 days later. In May, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment – which, considering his record, was lenient for the time and place – to be served at La Santé maximum security prison where escape was thought to be impossible. In a plan likely formulated even before his arrest, Mesrine took a judge sentencing him on another matter hostage with a revolver (recovered from the courthouse lavatory where it had been hidden by an accomplice) and escaped. After being at large for four months, he was arrested in his new Paris apartment on September 28, 1973, on information supplied by an associate who wanted a reduced sentence. Mesrine was returned to La Santé where he covertly wrote and smuggled out an autobiography, titled L'Instinct de Mort ("Death Instinct"),[6][7] in which he claimed to have committed upwards of forty murders, a number thought by some to be a considerable exaggeration. The appearance of Mesrine's book resulted in France passing a "Son of Sam law", designed to stop criminals profiting from the publication of their crimes.

Escape from La Santé

La Santé was seen as escape proof. In his escapes from his Canadian prisons, Mesrine had required little more than wire cutters and a very high degree of audacity. During this incarceration, however, he faced security far better than any he had defeated before. A report noted that Mesrine had been seen doing exercises in his cell and was behaving like a man who had received good news. On May 8, 1978, he produced a gun, stole keys and, with François Besse (a highly accomplished escaper in his own right), and another man, Mesrine got out of a cellblock and into a fenced-off yard walkway. They had a grappling iron with them and Mesrine forced some workmen with an extending ladder to bring the ladder along. The trio unlocked a yard gate in an inner wall; an armed guard was taken by surprise at his post. The men then reached an isolated part of the 14 metre (46 ft) high exterior wall (which would have presented a considerable challenge without the ladder). They hooked the grappling iron onto the top of the ladder and slid down the rope. The third man over the wall was shot dead by police in the street outside. Mesrine and Besse hijacked a car and evaded the police cordon; they had become the first men to escape from La Santé.[8]

Mesrine as fugitive

Mesrine and Besse robbed a Paris gunsmith four days after their escape from La Santé. On May 26, 1978, the duo robbed the Deauville Casino of 130,000 francs, but the police arrived as they exited. Around 50 shots were exchanged and Mesrine was wounded, but the duo made a getaway. Mesrine and Besse eluded the subsequent massive sweep of the area by taking a farmer and his family hostage and forcing him to drive them to safety. Subsequently, the kidnapping of a banker netted them 450,000 francs in ransom. Despite his position as "French Public Enemy Number One" (L'Ennemi Public Numéro Un), Mesrine was featured on the cover of the August 4, 1978, Paris Match. In an interview inside, he threatened the Minister of Justice. By remaining at large in the Paris area, despite his notoriety, Mesrine appeared to be making a fool of the law and the state; the Paris Match interview was the last straw. The police agencies hunting Mesrine were pressured for results from the highest echelons of government.

This proved to be difficult, not least because of rivalry between the various agencies. The usual informants were of little use as Mesrine generally avoided contact with the criminal underworld. Moreover, he was adept at disguising his appearance and allaying suspicion from members of the public: he reportedly went for a drink with his neighbours and laughed when one said he "looked like Mesrine".[9] Mesrine travelled to Sicily, Algeria, London, and Brussels, and back to Paris in November 1978, where he again robbed a bank. Objecting to Mesrine's proposed kidnapping of a senior judge, and not sharing his desire for revenge against the system, François Besse disassociated himself from Mesrine and later disappeared. Besse was finally captured in 1994; he was paroled in 2006.[9][10]

Public Enemy No. 1

Mesrine's next exploit occurred in November 1978. It was a daring attempt to kidnap a judge (who had sentenced him) as part of a campaign to get maximum security prisons closed. His accomplice was captured but Mesrine escaped by running downstairs past several policemen telling them "Quick! Mesrine's up there!" A young policeman posted outside was found handcuffed to a drainpipe weeping. On June 21, 1979, Mesrine kidnapped millionaire real estate mogul Henri Lelièvre and received a ransom of six million francs.[9]

Mesrine made good copy for the press, clowning for the camera and asserting that his criminal activity was politically motivated.

Jacques Tillier (a former Directorate of Territorial Security policeman) had written disparagingly about Mesrine in the French newspaper Minute but on September 10, 1979, he went, rather incautiously, to a clandestine meeting with Mesrine on the promise of an interview. The incensed Mesrine had other plans: he shot Tillier in the face, leg and arm. Tillier survived the ordeal, although he lost the use of one arm. During his contact with Mesrine, Tillier discovered the identity of Mesrine's accomplice.[9]


The special gendarme unit tasked with finding and capturing Mesrine found it impossible to track him down directly. Eventually, by utilizing information supplied by Tillier, they ascertained the licence number of the car that a woman named Sylvia Jeanjacquot, believed to be Mesrine's mistress, had used and checked parking tickets which it had received months previously. These tickets indicated that she had been frequenting a certain district without any obvious cause. Undercover patrols combed the area and a man fitting Mesrine's description was spotted walking with a woman believed to be Jeanjacquot on October 31, 1979. One officer who had seen Mesrine at court confirmed the identification by noting Mesrine's distinctive build. The couple were followed home and their building watched around the clock.[4][9]

Two days later, on November 2, 1979, the couple left the apartment for a weekend in the country, taking Jeanjacquot's pet poodle with them. Mesrine and Jeanjacquot had reached Porte de Clignancourt on the outskirts of Paris when the gold BMW they were driving was boxed in at the entrance to an intersection and police marksmen in the rear of a lorry immediately in front of their car threw open a tarpaulin. Reportedly, in the instant before the gendarmerie opened fire, Mesrine's eyes were described as being so shocked they seemed to be bursting from his head as he realized he was trapped. Twenty rounds were fired at point blank range; Mesrine was hit 15 times. A coup de grâce was then administered with a pistol. Sylvia Jeanjacquot lost one eye and suffered lasting damage to her arm. Her pet dog was killed.[3]


French police announced that their operation was a success and received congratulations from then President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. There were suggestions in some media publications that Mesrine may have been shot without warning in a way which amounted to extrajudicial killing, but the police pointed out that he had sworn that he would never surrender and that, as well as having a gun on him, Mesrine had been armed with two grenades which were taped together and adapted so they could be brought into action instantly.

Sylvia Jeanjacquot underwent multiple operations and served more than two years in prison before being ultimately acquitted of any crime.[11] Mesrine's former defense attorney, Maître Malinbaum, continued for 30 years to fight for a judicial investigation into the events surrounding Mesrine's death at Porte de Clignancourt and to have the French state held accountable for what she saw as the assassination of her client.[2]

Murder of Gérard Lebovici

By law, Mesrine could not profit from L'instinct de Mort, but the publishers had received a threatening letter from him in 1979 demanding payment nonetheless. L'instinct de Mort was republished in 1984 by Champ Libre Editions,[12] The founder of Champ Libre, Gérard Lebovici, was a gifted entrepreneur, influential in the French film industry, and known for his fascination with criminals. Lebovici adopted Mesrine's daughter after her father's death.

On March 5, 1984, the body of Gérard Lebovici was found in the Avenue Foch underground car park. He had been shot dead, with the bullet wounds forming a square: a traditional underworld sign for a contract that has not been fulfilled. One theory is that Lebovici may have been killed by a close associate of Mesrine's with whom Lebovici may have had an appointment on the day of his death.[13]

Pop culture references

A film about Mesrine; Mesrine, was released in 1984. It featured Nicolas Silberg in the title role and was written and directed by André Génovès. Hard Rock ensemble Trust dedicated two tracks ("Le Mitard" and "Instinct de Mort") to Mesrine on their 1980 album <i>Repression</i>. Punk Rock band The Blood also recorded a track titled "Mesrine" on their 1983 False Gestures For A Devious Public LP. There is a Quebec-based grindcore band named Mesrine.[14] In the French novel, Les Rivières Pourpres, the protagonist, Niémans, is implicated in Mesrine's assassination.

A two-part film, L'instinct de mort (English title: Mesrine: Killer Instinct) and L'ennemi public No. 1 (English title: Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1), recounting Mesrine's career and starring Vincent Cassel in the lead role, were released in France in 2008 and in the UK in August 2009.

Popular French-Algerian Rap Duo PNL released track "Porte de Mesrine" in 2015. [15]


  1. ^ Line of Fire: Heroism, Tragedy, and Canada's Police By Edward Butts
  2. ^ a b "Jacques Mesrine: Le grand gangster". The Independent. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e Mesrine, Penguin Books, 1980.(English)
  4. ^ a b c d Line of Fire: Heroism, Tragedy, and Canada's Police, Edward Butts 2009
  5. ^ Line of Fire: Heroism, Tragedy, and Canada's Police, (2009), Edward Butts (2009)
  6. ^ L'Instinct de Mort, Editions Lattes, 1977(French)(First publishing)
  7. ^ L'instinct de Mort, Flammarion Quebec, 2008.(French)
  8. ^ "Le jour où Mesrine s'est évadé de la prison de la santé". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e Mesrine by Carey Schofield, Penguin Books, 1981.(English)
  10. ^ French Wikipedia page 'François Besse'
  11. ^ "Sylvia Jeanjacquot : Mesrine, mon amour". VSD. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  12. ^ L'Instinct de Mort, Champ Libre Editions, 1984.(French)
  13. ^ BBC radio interview with Vincent Cassel
  14. ^ "Mesrine". 23 August 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  15. ^ PNL – Porte de Mesrine, retrieved 2018-03-15

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