DITE LÉODILE BERA
DITE ANDRÉ LÉO
ROMANCIÈRE JOURNALISTE FÉMINISTE COMMUNARDE
1824 – 1900'
André Léo was born Victoire Léodile Béra, and unlike her friend the anarchist Louise Michel she was born into a bourgeois family, although she had a revolutionary grandfather. Her husband Grégoire Champseix (1817–63) was a journalist close to the socialist Pierre Leroux and is buried with her. She took her nom de plume from her twin sons (also buried here), and who she was left to bring up after her husband's death.
Léo lived by her pen and worked for the feminist cause, workers' rights, and affiliated herself with anarchist groups. She also lived in Switzerland and Italy – returning to France after the 1880 amnesty – and wrote a huge body of fiction and non-fiction.