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Maurice Herzog

French mountaineer and politician

1919   -   2012

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
educated at: HEC Paris
occupation: politician, explorer, French Resistance fighter
award received: Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, Croix de guerre 1939–1945, Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Great Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, Grande Médaille d'Or des Explorations
position held: member of the French National Assembly, maire

Maurice Herzog (15 January 1919 – 13 December 2012) was a French mountaineer and administrator who was born in Lyon, France. He led the 1950 French Annapurna expedition that first climbed a peak over 8000m, Annapurna, in 1950, and reached the summit with Louis Lachenal. Upon his return, he wrote a best-selling book about the expedition.
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