* Georges Paques, 79, a former press officer for the North...


January 04, 1994

* Georges Paques, 79, a former press officer for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization who admitted giving allied military data to the Russians and who was convicted of treason to his native France in 1964, died in Paris on Dec. 19. He was convicted in Paris and was sentenced to life in prison. But President Charles de Gaulle reduced the sentence to 20 years, and he was released in 1970, after serving six years. The public prosecutor at his brief trial, Andre Caron, declared that the ministers of defense and foreign affairs of France and the secretary-general of NATO had stated that the information that Mr. Paques admitted having passed to the Soviet Union was harmful to France and to its allies. Mr. Paques spent years as a high official in various French government ministries before going to work for NATO in 1962. He was eventually arrested by French counterintelligence agents. After he was released from prison, he wrote a novel and did translations of Italian literary works into French.

* Paolo Benelli, 59, an engineer and major figure in the Italian motorcycle industry, died Saturday in Pesaro, Italy, after a long illness. He inherited the motorcycle business founded by his father, Tonino Benelli, a motorcycle racer in Italy's pioneer racing days. In 1972, the Benelli motorcycle business was sold to the De Tomaso Group of Argentina.

* Elise O'Connor, 93, a schoolteacher and the mother of actor Carroll O'Connor, died Saturday in New York.

* Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, 81, a former head of the International Monetary Fund and a nephew of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, died Sunday in Paris. After a long career with the Bank of France, he began a 10-year stewardship of the IMF as secretary general in 1963. He went on to head France's state-owned Petrofigaz, served on the boards of the Dutch multinationals Unilever and Robeco, and headed banking

interests in Luxembourg and Monaco.

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