One interesting character in the history of Modern Egypt is Soliman Pasha el Faransawi سليمان باشا الفرنساوي (Solomon Pasha the French).
Born in Lyon, France, as Joseph François Anthelme Sève (b. 11 May 1788 - d. 12 March 1860), he later came to Egypt as a military expert, taking the position of the head of artillery in the army of Mohamed Ali Pasha, under the command of his son, Ibrahim Pasha. He converted to Islam, and took the name Soliman Pasha, with the description el-Faransawi added.
Several squares in Cairo and other cities were named after Soliman Pasha, and several statues of him exist, in Turkish dress, and military insignia.
His descendants still exist in Egypt, and among them were the ex-Queen Nazli, wife of King Fouad, and mother of King Farouk, the last king of Egypt.
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