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, as his brother Victor Margueritte
Victor Margueritte and his brother Paul Margueritte, , French novelists, both born in Algeria, were the sons of General Jean Auguste Margueritte , who after an honorable career in Algeria was mortally wounded in the great cavalry charge at Sedan, and died in Belgium, on September 6, 1870...
, was born in Algeria
Algeria , officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria , also formally referred to as the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria, is a country in the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa with Algiers as its capital.In terms of land area, it is the largest country in Africa and the Arab...
, the son of General Jean Auguste Margueritte
Jean Auguste Margueritte , French General, father of Victor Margueritte and Paul Margueritte.After an honorable career in Algeria, General Margueritte was mortally wounded in the great cavalry charge at Sedan. He died in Belgium...
(1823-1870), who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Sedan
The Battle of Sedan was fought during the Franco-Prussian War on 1 September 1870. It resulted in the capture of Emperor Napoleon III and large numbers of his troops and for all intents and purposes decided the war in favour of Prussia and its allies, though fighting continued under a new French...
. An account of his life was published by Paul Margueritte as Mon père
(1884; enlarged ed., 1897). The names of the two brothers are generally associated, on account of their collaboration. Paul Margueritte, who has given a picture of his home in Algiers in Le Jardin du passé
(1895), was sent to the military school of La Flèche for the sons of officers, and became in 1880 clerk to the minister of public instruction. He designed two pantomimes, Pierrot assassin de sa femme
(Théâtre Libre, 1882), and Colombine pardonnée
(Cercle funambulesque, 1888).