Pierre Truche

Pierre Truche (1 November 1929 – 21 March 2020) was a French magistrate.[1] He notably prosecuted Klaus Barbie during his trial in 1987.

Pierre Truche
Born1 November 1929
Died21 March 2020(2020-03-21) (aged 90)
Lyon, France


Truche began his judicial career as a deputy judge in Dijon. He later worked in Arras and Lyon. He presided over the Club Cinq-Sept fire cases in 1972 and Lyon's false invoices in 1974.

He served as director of studies at the French National School for the Judiciary from 1977 to 1978 before serving on the Court of Appeal of Grenoble until 1982. He then worked as a prosecutor in Marseille, Lyon, and in the Court of Appeal of Paris.[2] From 1992 to 1996, he worked as a prosecutor at the Court of Cassation,[3] and from 1996 to 1999, he served as President of the court.[4]

Truche was the first President of the Association française pour l'histoire de la justice.[5] He was a member of the Syndicat de la magistrature.[6]

Pierre Truche died of cancer on 21 March 2020 at the age of 90.[7]



  • L'Anarchiste et son juge (1994)
  • Juger, être jugé : le Magistrat face aux autres et à lui-même (2001)


  1. ^ "Mort de l'ancien magistrat Pierre Truche". Le Figaro (in French). 21 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Décret du 13 juillet 1988 PORTANT NOMINATION DU PROCUREUR GENERAL PRES LA COUR D'APPEL DE PARIS". Legifrance.gouv.fr (in French). 13 July 1988.
  3. ^ "Décret du 31 décembre 1992 portant nomination du procureur général près la Cour de cassation". Legifrance.gouv.fr (in French). 31 December 1992.
  4. ^ "Décret du 16 juillet 1996 portant nomination d'un magistrat". Legifrance.gouv.fr (in French). 17 July 1996.
  5. ^ "Entretien avec Denis Salas - Président de l'Association Française pour l'Histoire de la Justice". Journal Spécial des Sociétés (in French). 29 November 2016.
  6. ^ "La mort de Pierre Truche, « magistrat-citoyen » qui avait requis au procès de Klaus Barbie". Le Monde (in French). 22 March 2020.
  7. ^ "L'ancien magistrat Pierre Truche est mort". Le Monde (in French). 21 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Décret du 13 juillet 2016 portant élévation aux dignités de grand'croix et de grand officier". Legifrance.gouv.fr (in French). 14 July 2016.