Francine Weisweiller was the long time partner of the avant-garde painter, poet, writer and film-maker, Jean Cocteau.
Francine Weisweiller was born Francine Worms in Brazil on June 9 1916, the daughter of Armand Worms, a prosperous French Jew who had emigrated to Sao Paolo and opened a jeweller's shop. A fair-sized family fortune derived from Armand's mother, a member of the Deutsch de la Meurthe family, from Alsace, which had developed the automobile and aviation industry, and introduced the first petrol pumps into France.
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