Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para

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Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para
Pretender
Parasiliti di Para.jpg
Born (1942-03-26)26 March 1942
Aix-en-Provence, France
Died 16 December 2017(2017-12-16) (aged 75)
Marmande, France
Title(s) King Antoine IV
Throne(s) claimed Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia
Pretend from 2014–2017
Children Two
Predecessor Philippe Boiry

Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para, reigning as Prince Antoine IV (26 March 1942 - 16 December 2017), was the head of state the Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia, a "phantom kingdom"[1] in South America. Historians describe the Kingdom of Araucanía as a "curious and semi-comic episode".[2]

Biography[edit]

A Frenchman of noble Sicilian descent,[3] Para was elected to the position of the "kingdom" which belongs rather to "the obsessions of bourgeois France than to the politics of South America",[4] on January 9, 2014 by the Regency Council of the Kingdom.[5]

Para began serving the previous Prince, Philippe Boiry, in 1972. He was later given the title of Duke of San Pedro de Hueyusco by Boiry.

Para was married with two children. He was a French veteran and served in Algeria. After his career in the military Para began in the field of social work. He specialized in the care of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. He held a doctorate in the history of civilization.[6]

Para died on December 16, 2017.[7]

Honours[edit]

National Honours
Foreign Honours

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheesman, Clive; Williams, Jonathan: Rebels, Pretenders & Imposters. British Museum, 2000, ISBN 0714108995, p. 141.
  2. ^ Collier, Simon; Sater, William F.: A history of Chile, 1808-2002. Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-521-82749-3, p.96.
  3. ^ The Telegraph
  4. ^ Chatwin, Bruce: In Patagonia. Random House, 2012, ISBN 9781448105618, p. 25.
  5. ^ "Antoine IV". North American Araucanian Royalist Society. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Antoine IV, Prince of Araucania". Official Website of the Kingdom. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dordogne – Lot-et-Garonne : le prince d'Araucanie Antoine IV est décédé". SudOuest.fr (in French). 18 December 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  8. ^ larenaissancefrancaise.org
  9. ^ Prince of Araucania and Patagonia