Jules François Émile Krantz

Jules François Émile Krantz (29 December 1821 in Givet – 25 February 1914 near Toulon) was a French naval officer and politician. In Vietnamese royal records, he was referred as Ca Răng (哥𪘵).

Jules François Émile Krantz
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Krantz by Alfred Philippe Roll (1891)
Acting Governor of Cochinchina
In office
16 March 1874 – 30 November 1874
Preceded byMarie Jules Dupré
Succeeded byVictor Auguste, baron Duperré
Personal details
Born(1812-12-29)29 December 1812
Givet, France
Died25 February 1914(1914-02-25) (aged 101)
Toulon, France
OccupationNaval officer


He left the École navale in 1837, initially serving off the west African coast and then in the Mediterranean and Brazil. He was professor of navigation on board the Borda (1852). He commanded the Ténare during the Crimean War, taking part in the attacks on Sebastopol and the Kinbourn peninsula. He was then sent to Vietnam (1858–59) and the China Sea and Japan (1862–64, where he took part in the bombardment of Pei-Ho). He was then commander of the gunnery-school ship Louis XIV at Cherbourg (1869).

He commanded the naval division on the China Sea in 1873 and became military governor of Cochinchine from 16 March to 30 November 1874. He took part in the Franco-Prussian War, commanding the marines at fort d'Ivry. In 1877 he was promoted to vice admiral, followed by becoming maritime prefect of Toulon in October 1879. He later became chief of staff becoming Minister for the Navy and the Colonies from 5 January 1888 to 22 February 1889, then naval minister from 19 March 1889 to 17 March 1890.


  • Étienne Taillemite, Dictionnaire des marins français, éditions Tallandier, 2002, 573 p. (ISBN 2-84734-008-4)