Foundation Josée and Rene de Chambrun
It was founded by:
Rene de Chambrun (1906 - 2002), lawyer with the Court of Appeal of Paris and with the bar of New York, descendant of Fayette, knight of the Legion of honor, honorary president of the company wire of the American revolution in France.
With its creation, appeared as administrators:
Maurice Renand tax inspector, wire of Georges-Eugene Renand chairman of the Sower of Paris, first manager of Samaritaine, president of the Foundation Cognac-Jay, director of the administrative services of the Presidency of the Council in 1942 and near collaborator to Pierre Laval (1943-1944). His/her Georges son succeeded Rene de Chambrun with the head of the foundation.
François Cathala, descendant of Pierre Cathala, faithful of Pierre Laval
It has as an aim the conservation of the castle (Castle of the Barn-Bléneau Courpalay) having belonged with Fayette and the conservation of the historical collections referring to its memory.
The castle had been bought in 1935 in Louis de Lasteyrie, killing of Fayette by Rene de Chambrun his cousin. The new owners discovered, in an attic, the files of Lafayette. They were classified historical files in 2003.
The visits are limited to the researchers and historians.
The foundation holds also the private archives of Pierre Laval.
The foundation also has:
- the castle of Châteldon which belonged to the Laval family like two medieval houses of the village: house sergentale and old Pharmacy
- 34% of the capital of Crystal manufactures of Baccarat whose Rene de Chambrun was shareholder and president. It is into 1989 that the Foundation yielded to the Taittinger group part of the capital preserving only one minority interest.
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