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A picture taken on August 20, 2013 shows a wreath of flowers with the... News PhotoCeremony,Engraved Image,Flower,France,Funeral,Horizontal,Human Interest,Paris - France,People,Text,WreathPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPA picture taken on August 20, 2013 shows a wreath of flowers with the inscription ''to the master'' during the funeral ceremony of Jacques Verges at the Saint-Thomas d'Aquin Church in Paris. Jacques Verges, the provocative French lawyer who earned the nickname 'Devil's advocate' by defending a series of high-profile criminals from Klaus Barbie to Carlos the Jackal, died in Paris on August 15, 2013 aged 88. Verges died of a heart attack around 8:00pm (1800 GMT) in the house where 18th century enlightenment philosopher Voltaire once lived -- an appropriate setting for an iconoclast who devoted his life to defending unpopular causes, according to his publishing house Pierre-Guillaume de Roux. One of his last high-profile cases was the defence in 2011 of his long-time friend, Cambodia's former communist head of state Khieu Samphan, who faced charges of crimes against humanity over the 1975-1979 Khmer rule. AFP PHOTO/JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)