François Bouffier (1844–1881) was a French non-commissioned officer of the 19th century, a sergeant of the 8th Battalion of infantrymen. He was a member of the first French Military Mission to Japan in 1867, in which he accompanied Jules Brunet. He worked as an instructor for infantry in the army of the Shogun.
He participated to the Battle of Hakodate, in which he was head of one of the four Japanese regiments.
Bouffier chose to remain in Japan, and was buried at the Yokohama International cemetery in 1881. In the same cemetery were buried his two sons, Léon Célestin (1876-1877), and Auguste Louis (1873-1923).
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