Segal, Patrick

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Segal, Patrick Gender: M
born on 2 December 1947 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place Épernay, France, 49n03, 3e57
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°37' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 07°54 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 05°37'


French sportsman, writer, moviemaker and politician. As a young man, Segal was highly active in athletics; including ski, rugby, and the martial arts (he earned a black belt in karate). That all changed at the age of 24 when a shotgun accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite the life-changing mishap, Segal's spirit remained unbroken. From 1974 to 1976, he traveled the world in his wheelchair, recounting the adventure in his book,L’homme qui marchait dans sa tête (the man who walked in his head). The book has been translated into ten languages, and was awarded le Prix des maisons de la Presse in 1977. Photographs Segal took of his journey have been displayed in the museum Pompidou in Paris.

His first movie, la nuit ensoleillée, documented the 1980 paralympics, and was nominated for both the Cannes film festival and the 1981 Hollywood Oscars.

In 1988, he competed in the equipe of France handisport and the paralympics in Seoul.

Active in humanitarian causes, with emphasis on the disabled, Segal became vice-president of 'Handicapped international' in 1983. Currently, he holds the office, 'general inspector of social affairs'.

Link to Wikipedia (French)


  • Social : Begin Travel 1974 (Travels the world till 1976)
  • Work : Prize 1977 (Prix des maison de la Presse for The man who walked in his head)
  • Work : New Job 1983 (Vice-president of Handicap International)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain


  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Paralysis
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (for Handicap International)
  • Vocation : Travel : Other Travel (wheelchair)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer