Andrť-Gustave was the 5th and last child of the Dutch Jewish diamond merchant Levie Citroen and Mazra Kleinmann (of Warsaw, Poland). He was related to the famous British philosopher A.J. Ayer. The Citroen family moved to Paris from Amsterdam in 1873. Upon arrival, the diaeresis was added to the name, changing Citroen to CitroŽn. His father committed suicide when Andrť was only six years old.
Read more about Andrť-Gustave CitroŽn and his cars, free from The CitroŽn Connection Andrť was a graduate of the …cole Polytechnique in 1900. During World War I, he was responsible for mass production of armaments. Andrť founded the CitroŽn automobile company in 1919, leading it to become the fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world by the early 1930s.
He died in Paris, France, of stomach cancer in 1935 and was interred in the CimetiŤre du Montparnasse in Paris. In 1992, the Parc Andrť CitroŽn public garden in Paris was named after him. In 1998 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan.
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