Étienne Arago, born in Perpignan the 9th February 1802 and died in Paris on the 7th March 1892, was a French politician and playwright.
Étienne Arago began his studies at the College of Perpignan, run by an ecclesiastic, then at the age of 13, he joined the Abbey-School of Sorèze, run by Benedictine Monks. Étienne remained less than 3 years in this institution before becoming a pharmacy technician at l’École polytechnique, well known for its republican tendancies and activist students. There he develops his republican tastes and political convictions, which he keeps all his life.
Besides politics, Étienne Arago had another passion : writing. He turned to journalism at one point and from 1823 had theatre plays shown, mostly vaudevilles, comedies or mélodramas, written for the most part in collaboration with others. Most of these works were a success.
The events of 1870 give him a new role in politics. Together with Parlement, he opposes the Regency of Empress Eugénie and the people of Paris acclaim him and name him mayor on the 4th September 1870, in November novembre des élections municipales furent organisées, car il estimait qu’un maire non élu, n’a pas une reconnaissance officielle, il ne fut pas candidat à sa succession et démissionna le 15 novembre 1870.
Il poursuivit ses actions politiques et continua à écrire jusqu’à sa mort à l’âge de 90 ans.
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