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The original "Ange Blanc" ("The White Angel") was a well-known masked wrestler in France during the 1950s and 1960s. Although his real name was Francisco Pino Farina and he was from Spain, French wrestling fans claimed him as their own.
To date, he is still the biggest star French wrestling has ever had, much bigger than André the Giant (who was known in France as Le Géant Ferré). He was almost as popular in France as El Santo (Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta) was in Mexico.
L'Ange Blanc was enigmatic and one of the first aerial wrestlers in the heyday of French wrestling. He had televised fights against such wrestling stars as Le Bourreau de Béthune (Jacques Ducrez, another famous masked wrestler), Roger Delaporte and Robert Duranton. Most of his televised matches were commentated by the famous French journalist Roger Couderc which helped the promotion of his wrestling role. In his matches, L'Ange Blanc was the "avenger", while his opponents were the bad guys.
By the end of the 1960s, ratings started to drop so promoters decided to unmask "L'Ange Blanc", which ultimately killed the gimmick. Other wrestlers continued to emulate him, each pretending to be the "real" Ange Blanc, most notably Charles Eltes and Gilbert Péchard.
L'Ange Blanc was often mentioned on French TV by Guy Hauray and still is every time wrestling is discussed.
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