Christophe de Thou

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Christophe de Thou (1508 – 1 November 1582) was an eminent French advocate, and the First President of the Parliament of Paris.

De Thou became Président in 1554, and Premier Président on 14 December 1562, of the Parlement de Paris. He also served as chancellor to the Duke of Anjou and Duke of Alençon, and advisor to Henry II of France, Charles IX of France, and Henry III of France.

De Thou was a member of a respected family from Champagne. He was son of Augustin de Thou (d. 1544), also Président of the Parlement de Paris, and brother to Nicolas de Thou, the Bishop of Chartres. His son, Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553–1617), became a noted French historian.


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