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Charron, Pierre (1541-1603), a French philosopher, who, after studying law at Orleans, practised as an advocate in Paris. Failing at the bar, he entered the church and became a great preacher, and formed a friendship with Montaigne, who had much influence over him. From being the great champion of orthodoxy, he suddenly became the exponent of intellectual scepticism after the school of Montaigne. In politics he was a despiser of the commonalty, an opponent of popular freedom, and an upholder of royal prerogative.