Claude Érignac

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Claude Érignac
Born(1937-10-15)15 October 1937
Mende, France
Died6 February 1998(1998-02-06) (aged 60)
Ajaccio, France
EducationSciences-Po Paris, ÉNA

Claude Érignac (15 October 1937 – 6 February 1998) was a French prefect on the island of Corsica.

Érignac was born in Mende, Lozère. In the course of his political career, he had been prefect of several departments and overseas departments since 1967. In 1996 he went to Ajaccio in Corsica to take office as the Prefect of Corse-du-Sud. He was assassinated at 9:15 p.m. on 6 February 1998 in Ajaccio on his way to a classical music concert by two gunmen who shot him three times with a 9 mm Beretta pistol. The weapon had been stolen on 6 September 1997, when members of the National Liberation Front of Corsica stormed a gendarmerie barracks at Pietrosella.[1] Corsican nationalist militant Yvan Colonna was suspected of the killing, and was arrested in 2003. He was found guilty for the third time in June 2011 for the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.[2]

Érignac's wife, children and some associates established the Claude-Érignac Association soon after his death. The bylaws of the association were published in the Journal officiel on 5 February 2000.

The French Ministry of the Interior at Place Beauvau in Paris, inaugurated a hall in his name in the ministry.


  1. ^ Valode, Philippe (2007). Les énigmes de la Ve République (in French). Éditions Générales First. p. 220.
  2. ^ "Corsican nationalist Colonna found guilty of murder". France 24. 20 June 2011.

Political offices
Preceded by
Prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Prefect of Yvelines
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Prefect of Corse-du-Sud
Prefect of Corsica

Succeeded by
Bernard Bonnet