René Ribière

René Ribière (1922–1998) was a French politician.[1][2][3] He took part in the last ever duel in France in 1967 and lost when he was lightly injured by Gaston Defferre, after Defferre insulted Ribière at the French parliament. Defferre yelled ‘Taisez-vous, abruti!‘ (‘Shut up, stupid!’) at Ribière following an argument in the French National Assembly. Ribière demanded an apology, Defferre refused, so Ribière demanded satisfaction by duel with small swords.[4] René Ribière lost the duel, having been wounded twice. He escaped relatively uninjured, however.


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  2. ^ "Il y a cinquante ans, le dernier duel de France". Le Monde (in French). France. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ "A New Movement Arising in France". The New York Times. U.S. 17 March 1975. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ "The last sword duel in history, France, 1967". Retrieved 8 May 2019.