Tracing the career of André Soulier means revisiting sixty years of French judicial and political history.
Member of the Lyon Bar, considered by his peers as one of the best criminal lawyers in the country, André Soulier discusses in that book some of the cases he handled: that of Jean-Marie Deveaux in 1963 and 1969, which led to the adoption of an Act providing for the indemnification of people wrongly sentenced to jail; that of the victims of the fires at the Feyzin refinery in 1970 and at the 5-7 discotheque in 1972; and that of Cardinal Barbarin in 2019.
At the same time, André Soulier was fully involved in political life, first with Pierre Mendes France and then with François Mitterrand. At the Lyon City Hall, he was deputy to Francisque Collomb, and later to Raymond Barre. He was also a member of the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council and of the European Parliament.
To these commitments, André Soulier added another one: that of a soccer lover who chaired the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the French National Soccer League and then the Legal Committee of the current Professional Soccer League.
From these intertwined lives, André Soulier forms a story that is both intimate and emblematic, with that taste for words and advocacy that makes great lawyers.