Jean Couiteas de Faucamberge was the son of Basilio Couiteas (1860-1928) and Alice Couiteas (née de Faucamberge; 1872-1965). A native of Sparta in Greece, Basilio Couiteas... On 26 September 1897, in the Tunisian city of Kairouan, married Alice de Faucamberge, a native of the French city of Lyon.
Born in Sparta in 1860 to an associate professor father, Basilio Couitéas arrived in Tunisia in 1879, where he entered the grain trade with the help of a French brother-in-law, a trader based in Bône. After the establishment of the protectorate, he became vice-consul of Greece in Sfax as well as a farmer of monopolies and of a large part of the taxes of southern Tunisia. In 1886, he became general manager of the farm company of tobacco monopolies, until the collection of these taxes returned to the bosom of the tax administration.
Having become very rich as a result of a family inheritance of two and a half million francs, in 1897 he married Alice de Faucamberge, daughter of the colonel commanding the Kairouan garrison. When his son Jean was born in 1901, he took French nationality.
A chemical engineer by profession, Jean Couiteas de Faucamberge became the manager of a hydroelectric company called La Valentinoise as well as of several electricity networks in the south of France and the Pyrénées. He was also a noted civilian pilot and collector of artworks. On 17 January 1929, Jean Couiteas de Faucamberge married Monique Victoire Marie Louise Boissière in Paris. She had been born in Rouen on 27 August 1913.
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