This Day in Jewish History Con Man Who Brought Down Two French Premiers Dies

Embezzler Alexandre Stavisky's death, believed by some to have been ordered from high up, unleashed deadly riots.

On January 8, 1934, French police found the suspected con man and fugitive Alexandre Stavisky wounded and dying in a chalet in the ski resort of Chamonix. Stavisky died early the next morning in hospital – and his death led to a chain reaction of events that led to the swift resignations of two French premiers, as well as the near-collapse of the Third Republic.