Raoul Le Mouton de Boisdeffre

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Raoul Le Mouton de Boisdeffre

Raoul François Charles Le Mouton de Boisdeffre, or more commonly Raoul de Boisdeffre (6 February 1839, Alençon – 24 August 1919, Paris) was a French army general.


He studied at the College of Saint Cyr and at the Staff-College. During the Franco-Prussian War he was a major of cavalry and aide-de-camp of General Chanzy, and in 1882 was promoted to be colonel. In 1890 he became assistant chief-of-staff, and in 1893 chief-of-staff.[1]

At the trial of Emile Zola (1898), during the Dreyfus agitation, he appeared full-uniformed in court, and in a much-applauded address to the jury, affirmed the existence of a third secret document incriminating the accused officer. When subsequently it transpired, through the confession of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry, that the document to which he had referred in good faith was a forgery, he tendered his resignation and retired from public life.[1][2] He retained a semi-official role only with respect to Russian officials, including Nicholas II, who received Boisdeffre twice when the Czar visited France.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Boisdeffre, Raoul François Charles le Mouton de". New International Encyclopedia. 1905. 
  2. ^ a b French Wikipedia (oldid=126114386)