“C’est plus qu’un crime—c'est une faute.”
In his memoirs, Napoleon's Minister of Police Joseph Fouche (1759—1820) took credit for the exclamation ("C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute," ...
C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute. It is worse than a crime, it is a blunder. JOSEPH FOUCHÉ. As quoted by himself in his Mémoires, original Ed., 1824 [SHS: vol 1, p 200]. Referring to the murder of the Due Enghien. Fouche's sons deny that it originated with their father. Quoted by others as "C'est pis qu'un crime," and "C'estoit pire qu'un crime." (See Notes and Queries, Aug. 14, 1915. P. 123. Aug. 28. P. 166).
Boulay de la Meurthe, ANTOINE JACQUES CLAUDE JOSEPH,) COMTE, a French statesman, born in 1761. He became successively a member of the Council of Five Hundred and of the council of regency, (1810,) minister of state, and minister of justice conjointly with Canibacérès. He had a principal part in drawing up the Civil Code of Napoleon. Died in 1840.
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