Maurice Arreckx

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Maurice Arreckx
Maurice Arreckx.jpg
Mayor of Toulon
In office
1959–1985
Preceded byÉdouard Le Bellugou
Succeeded byFrançois Trucy
Personal details
Born(1917-12-13)13 December 1917
Saint-Junien, France
Died21 March 2001(2001-03-21) (aged 83)
Toulon, France
NationalityFrench
Political partyUDF
Children4

Maurice Arreckx (13 December 1917 - 21 March 2001) was a French politician. He served as the Mayor of Toulon from 1959 to 1985, he served as a member of the National Assembly from 1978 to 1981, and again in 1986, before serving as a member of the French Senate from 1986 to 1995.

Early life[edit]

Maurice Arreckx was born on 13 December 1917,[1] he received his Baccalauréat.[1]

Career[edit]

Arreckx owned a hosiery business in Toulon from 1935 to 1985,[1] he served as the Mayor of Toulon from 1959 to 1985.[1][2] He also wrote two books about the town,[1] he was president of the general council of Var department from 1985 to 1994.[1] He also wrote a book about it.[1]

Arreckx served as a member of the National Assembly from 1978 to 1981, and again in 1986, before serving as a member of the French Senate from 1986 to 1995,[1] he voted in favour of the establishment of the Revenu minimum d'insertion in 1988.[1] Five years later, in 1993, he voted in favour of the continuation of welfare expenditure and state pensions.[1]

Arreckx was jailed from August 1994 to May 1995 for involvement in the murder of politician Yann Piat.[1][3] In 1997, he was found guilty of accepting bribes of 2 million Francs from a water company for the construction of the Maison des technologies de Toulon.[1][4] During the trial, it was revealed that Arreckx owned a Swiss bank account named Charlot with 7 million Francs,[2] he was fined 1 million Francs and sentenced to two years in jail.[1] His four children were also convicted, but not jailed.[4] Arreckx was released after one year, in 1998, due to health reasons,[1] he wrote a book about his criminal convictions a year later.[1]

He was a Knight of the Legion of Honour, an Officer of the National Order of Merit, and a Knight of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Arreckx was married and had four adopted children: Marie-Claire, Marie-Geneviève, Jean-François, and Michel Arreckx.[3][4]

Death[edit]

He died of cancer on 21 March 2001.[1][2]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Vivre sa ville (1982).
  • Toulon, ma passion (1985).
  • Un combat pour le Var : l'histoire du conseil général 1790-1990 (1990).
  • Ça suffit ! (1999).

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