(1928-1998) was a French
politician. A member of the Gaullist RPR
, he served as mayor of the city of Nice
from 1966 to 1990. He was a son of the long-serving mayor of Nice, Jean Médecin
. Criticized for proposals that were seen as racist, he argued that he shared almost "99% of the views" of the Front national far right
party, and called Jean-Marie Le Pen
an "old friend" . He was challenged at the first turn of the 1977 municipal elections, because of alleged links with former members of the OAS
terrorist group which would have had helped Albert Spaggiari
to escape. In the 1980s he was accused of corruption following an exposé of judicial and police corruption in Nice by the British novelist, Graham Greene
. As accusations of political corruption against him grew through the decade, he fled France in 1990. He was finally arrested in Uruguay
in 1993 and was extradited back to France in 1994. There, he was convicted of several counts of corruption and associated crimes and sentenced to prison.
He died in Punta del Este, Uruguay following cardiac arrest in November 1998. He had returned to Uruguay following his release from prison.