Vale Paul Laffargue, President of Honour of the UFE Victoria

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Paul Laffargue, production director and manager, French cinema executive producer and former president of the UFE (Union of French Citizens Abroad) du Victoria, on the 25th of February 2024.

Born on the 20th of May 1927 in Gironde, region of France, Paul Laffargue started a career in cinema in 1948 after studying at the IDHEC in Paris. In 1956, he became one of the youngest French production director and worked in this role on over 35 films worldwide such as in: “Trapeze”, “Kings Go Forth”, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, “The Sandpiper”. He also worked in the production of many European movies such as: “The Trial”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” or “The Swimming Pool”.

In 1963, Paul Laffargue created his first private company The Artistic and Technic Films and two years later, founded La Société d’Expansion du Spectacle. In 1977, he created the film company BCL (Breban, Combret, Laffargue) which owned several theaters in Paris and which participated in the distribution of films for the group Europrodis, owner over 80 screens in France.

He was member of the Collegial Direction of the French Association of the Production Supervisors, since 1958 and was also member of Unifrance Film and the Technical Superior Commission at the Cinema National Centre.

Meanwhile, he committed himself in Melbourne, where he has spent forty years of his life, at the UFE (Union of French Citizens Abroad) of Victoria where he was appointed president and then, president of Honour.

We present our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.