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 A telegram from Paris, of yesterday's date, informs us of the death of the venerable and distinguished General CHANGARNIER, who has played a noted part in French politics.  He was born at Autun in the spring of 1793, and was trained for the Army, in which he served through various ranks.  He distinguished himself in the operations of the French army in Algiers, and gained each successive promotion on the battle-field.  In 1848 he was made Governor-General of Algiers by the provisional government, and was immediately afterwards elected a member of the Constituent Assembly by the department of the Loire.  He held his governorship only for a short time, recognising in the disquieted capital the true field for a man of ability and energy.  He was at Paris during the terrible scenes of June, 1848, and took part in the suppression of the insurrection, which led to General CAVAIGNAC'S dictatorship.  When Louis NAPOLEON became President, General CHANGARNIER was appointed Commander of the First Military Division, and as an insurrection was expected, the command of the entire armed force of Paris, civic as well as military, was concentrated in his hands.  Invested with such authority, he crushed the attempted insurrection of June, 1849, and by the excellence of his arrangements, accomplished this object with little bloodshed.  On the disappearance of imminent danger,his high position and personal influence excited the jealousy of the President and his ministry, and the command was abolished, CHANGARNIER once more becoming a simply representative of the people.  He was imprisoned after the coup d' état of December 2, 1851.  He spoke occasionally from the tribune, and was several times put forward by the Conservatives Paris press as a desirable candidate for the Presidential election of 1851.  Under the second presidency and empire of Louis NAPOLEON, he remained in exile in Belgium, refusing to avail himself of the permission given him by the French government to return to his native country.  He was promoted Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, April 5, 1859.  In the France German war he was shut up in Metz with Marshal BAZAINE, and being liberated on parole when that fortress capitulated, retired to Brussels.  After the adjustment of the terms of peace, he returned to France (1871), was elected a member of the Assembly, and gave his constant support to the government of M. THIERS.