Jaques Mesrine ( or ; 28 December 1936 – 2 November 1979) was the most infamous criminal in modern French history. He was responsible for numerous bank robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in France and Canada. Mesrine repeatedly escaped from prison and made international headlines during a final period as a fugitive when his exploits included trying to kidnap a judge who had sentenced him. An aptitude for disguise earned him the moniker "The Man of a Hundred Faces" and enabled him to remain at large while receiving massive publicity as a wanted man. Mesrine was widely seen as an anti-establishment 'Robin Hood' figure. In keeping with his charismatic image, he was rarely without a glamorous female companion. A pair of films which came out in 2008 were based on Mesrine's life.
Read more about Jacques Mesrine: Early Life and Criminal Career, Through 1965, Canary Islands, Canada, Venezuela, 1966–1972, Return To France: 1972-1977, Escape From La Santé, Public Enemy No. 1, Aftermath, Pop Culture References
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