François Spirito

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François Spirito
Paul Carbone & François Spirito.tiff
Paul Carbone (top) and François Spirito
Born January 22, 1900
Marseille, France
Died October 9, 1967 (1967-10-10) (aged 67)
Toulon, France
Occupation Criminal

François Spirito (January 22, 1900 – October 9, 1967) was a French gangster.

Early life[edit]

François Spirito was born on January 22, 1900 in Marseille, France.[1] His parents were immigrants from Italy.[1]


Spirito was a member of the Marseille underworld.[1] He was an associate of Paul Carbone.[1] In 1934, Carbone, Spirito and Gaëtan de Lussats were charged and arrested over the murder of Albert Prince in the Stavisky Affair.[1][2]

During the Second World War, he worked in the Carlingue, an organisation that collaborated with the Gestapo. After the French Liberation, Spirito fled to Spain and thence to South America, where he took part in the French Connection heroin trade. He was put on trial in 1952 for collaborationism.


Spirito died on October 9, 1967 in Toulon, France.[1]

Further reading[edit]

  • Une histoire du milieu, Jérome Pierrat, 2003


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ambroise-Rendu, Anne-Claude (2013). "SPIRITO François". In Blanc-Chaléard, Marie-Claude; Ory, Pascal. Dictionnaire des étrangers qui ont fait la France. Paris: Robert Laffont. ISBN 9782221113165. OCLC 862941638.
  2. ^ "French Police Charge Three With Murder Slain Paris Jurist". Evening Report. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. March 29, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved November 28, 2016 – via (Registration required (help)).