1914 Epee Duel: Jean Richepin vs Pierre Frondaie

While sometimes assigned to Jean Richepin, it was actually his son Jacques Richepin who fought this duel against Pierre Frondaie as reported in the NY Times. The quarrel began when Mr. Frondaie made a comment to Mme. Laparcerie (Richepin’s wife) who was an actress in Frondaie’s play “Aphrodite.” Mme. Laparcerie took exception to the comment and Mme. Frondaie stepped in. An argument quickly ensued between the women.

Richepin asked Frondaie to apologize to his wife for the initial remark and when Frondaie refused a challenge was made.

The duel was arranged for March 13, 1914 at Neuilly. Over 100 celebrities and press were in attendance, including both wives and Richepin’s parents. The wives and family were turned away by the doctor and seconds. They subsequently awaited the results in the house of the horse trainer who owned the property the duel was to be fought on.

The duel was short and ended after Frondaie was wounded in the arm, but the duelists refused to be reconciled.