Editor of Le Figaro shot dead in Paris
Gaston Calmette had been writing for Le Figaro for 30 years. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., USA

Editor of Le Figaro shot dead in Paris

Published: 17 March 1914

Gaston Calmette, the editor of French newspaper Le Figaro was shot last night in his office in Paris. Mr Calmette was taken to the hospital but he died shortly afterwards.

He was shot by Mrs Caillaux, the wife of the French Minister for Finance. It is believed she shot him as she thought Mr Calmette was going to publish private letters between her and her husband which would reveal that they had been having an affair while Mr Calliaux was still married to his first wife. The newspaper had already published several private letters from Mr Caillaux.

Mr Calmette had been writing for Le Figaro for 30 years, and has been editor-in-chief for the last several years. During his time as editor he had been carrying on a campaign for purity and honesty in public life, a campaign of which Mr Caillaux was a target.

Mr Caillaux has resigned from his post and his wife has been imprisoned and is awaiting trial.

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