Paris Police 1900 on CANAL +: which characters from the series really existed?

On CANAL +, Paris Police 1900 deploys a gallery of colorful characters. From Préfet Lépine to the surprising Marguerite Steinheil via the dreadful Jules Guérin: focus on the true stories of the historical figures of the series.

Paris Police 1900, only on CANAL + with two episodes on Monday evening
for four weeks. All 8 episodes are available on myCANAL.

MARGUERITE STEINHEIL

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At the center of the plot from the first seconds of Paris Police 1900, Marguerite Steinheil truly existed. She was, among other things, Félix Faure’s mistress and the causes of the latter’s death are indeed those which open the Original CANAL + Creation. Incarnated by Evelyne Brochu, she met the former President in 1897, before visiting him very regularly at the “Blue Room” of the Elysée, then having a front row seat to his death. And that indeed earned him the nickname (in very good taste) of “funeral director”. If her spy side is fictional, Marguerite Steinheil’s life is romantic to say the least, as Fabien Nury emphasizes: “She was involved years later in a criminal case. She therefore had a destiny to become a serial heroine over several seasons.”There is no doubt that we will therefore quickly cross our path on the screen!

THE LÉPINE PREFECT

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You don’t need to be a great historian to know the existence of Louis Lépine. Appearing in the guise of Marc Barbé in the series, this prefect is obviously at the origin of the famous Lépine Competition, but also invented the criminal brigade. Governor General of Algeria between 1897 and 1899, he was recalled to Paris at the time of the riots in order to secure the city and control a possible coup d’état. An untouchable man with an unstoppable charisma, who quickly aroused the interest of the creator of Paris Police 1900. “Historically, I could not find stronger: Lépine is like the old sheriff who is recalled at the time of the crisis and who will face the anti-Semitic Al Capone”, Explains Fabien Nury. And if Valérie Dashwood plays a Madame Lépine addicted to heroin, History does not say whether the real wife of Louis Lépine, Marie Dulac, who died in 1903, experienced this addiction.

JULES GUÉRIN AND EDOUARD DRUMONT

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Recognizable by his cream costume (but not only) in Paris Police 1900, Jules Guérin (Hubert Delattre) is a name that we have already seen in history textbooks, especially because of the siege of Fort Chabrol. This journalist and anti-Semitic activist was very close to Edouard Drumont, also present in the series (played by Eddie Chignara), a great figure of anti-Semitism in France, anti-Dreyfusard and in particular founder of the national anti-Semitic league of France in 1890, then of the nationalist newspaper La Libre Parole in 1892. For his part, Jules Guérin founded the anti-Masonic and anti-Semitic league of the Greater West of France. He was director of the weekly L’Antijuif, distributed between 1896 and 1902. In August 1899, the headquarters of the newspaper, located at 51 rue Chabrol, became the citadel of Guérin which fomented a coup d’état in company, in particular , by Paul Déroulède. He took refuge there for 38 days. The characters of Jules Guérin’s brother and mother were written for the series.

JEANNE CHAUVIN

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If she does not fail to catch the eye of the fictional character of Antoine Jouin in Paris Police 1900, Jeanne Chauvin can in reality and above all boast of being the very first lawyer to have pleaded in France, in 1901, after having had been refused three years earlier, despite his doctorate in law and his license in hand. Feminist, she was one of those to push for Raymond Poincaré and René Viviani to pass the law for women’s access to the bar and to pleading. “Lawyer characters, we’ve seen plenty of them in the series. But she, when she announces to the police station “I am a lawyer”, it makes everyone laugh. Without making a strictly militant story, there was the possibility of developing characters to deal with the subject of the status of women.”, Says Fabien Nury. And it is Eugénie Derouand who puts on the dress of this key lawyer in our history.

THE COMMISSIONER PUYBARAUD

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Portrayed by Patrick D’Assumçao in Paris Police 1900, Louis Puybaraud really marked the Belle Epoque thanks to his double hat of commissioner / spy. In 1894, he was appointed director general of research by the Minister of the Interior Raynal and became master of the political services of the prefecture of police in 1901. He thus created “la Mondaine” to learn about clients (political figures and other senior officials) brothels. Today, this “Mondaine” is better known under the name of the Pimping Repression Brigade.

ALPHONSE BERTILLON

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Camped by Christian Hecq of the Comédie Française, Alphonse Bertillon is the man to whom we owe the “Bertillonage”: an identification system based on anthropometry and used throughout Europe and the US until 1970. This criminologist also founded the first scientific laboratory for criminal identification. ”We treated him like a geek back then, explains Nury. It allowed us to play with some funny elements like the ritual of the photos and it brings a kind of humorous shift in the crime scenes and the investigations.. ” And the screenwriter to clarify that “All the accessories of the series have been at one time or another in the real Bertillon laboratory …”!

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