François Joseph Fournier

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The tomb of Fournier in Porquerolles

François Joseph Fournier (December 6, 1857 - January 13, 1935) was a self-taught Belgian adventurer and entrepreneur who explored Mexico and the island of Porquerolles. He was born into a family of modest means, in Clabecq, Belgium and died on Porquerolles.

Fournier purchased the entire island of Porquerolles in 1912, apparently as a wedding present for his wife. He planted 200 hectares (about 500 acres) of vineyards which produced a wine that was among the first to be classed des Côtes de Provence.


  • Luret, William (1996). L'homme de Porquerolles (in French). Paris: Lattès. ISBN 270961636X.
  • "Porquerolles". France 3, 19/20 (in French). 24 August 1996.
  • "Porquerolles". France 2, MIDI 2 (in French). 13 March 1998.

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