Described as dark haired with dark eyes, she was the first wife of Joseph Caillaux. She was aware of her husband's relationship to Henriette Raynouard. She also mentioned her ex-husband's affair with Raynouard and the letters he received from her. She had removed from her husband's desk some special letters.
In 1914, Le Figaro started the publication of love letters that had been sent by Caillaux to his second wife Henriette while he was still married to the first. In March 1914, Madame Caillaux in turn shot to death Gaston Calmette, the editor of Le Figaro, and Caillaux resigned as Minister of Finance. In July 1914, Madame Caillaux was acquitted on the grounds that she committed a crime passionel. Caillaux became the leader of a peace party in the Assembly during World War I.
Geneviève Joséphine Henriette Rainouard Caillaux Birth 5 Dec 1874 Rueil-Malmaison, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France Death 29 Jan 1943 (aged 68) Mamers, Departement de la Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France Burial Cimetière du Père Lachaise Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot Division 58. Memorial ID
On 13th March 1914, Calmette published an intimate letter Joseph Caillaux had written thirteen years earlier to Berthe Gueydan, the mistress who later became his first wife. Henriette became convinced that he would now publish her letters to Caillaux. Three days later Henriette went to visit Calmette in his office in Paris.
Born Henriette Rainouard; died in 1943; second wife of Joseph Caillaux (1863–1944, member of chamber of deputies, premier of France [1911–1912], French minister of finance). In March 1914, as France teetered on the brink of war with Germany, Le Figaro 's editor, Gaston Calmette, continued his two-month campaign against France's minister of finance Joseph Caillaux, husband of Henriette Caillaux.