France's farewell to Resistance hero Hubert Germain on Armistice Day

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Hubert Germain, the last surviving member of the Order of the Liberation who died last month, will be buried with a Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the Resistance.

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Hubert Germain, the last surviving member of the Order of the Liberation who died last month, will be buried with a Cross of Lorraine, symbol of the Resistance, carved from the wood of Notre-Dame Cathedral as France commemorates Armistice Day, reports RFI

"Would we be here without Hubert Germain?" asked French president Emmanuel Macron, listing the names of several of the 1,038 members of the Order of the Liberation who "followed General de Gaulle in this daring adventure" in 1940.

"Hubert Germain will join his brothers in arms and with them all those who have risen up so that France may live," he added in a speech given under the Arc de Triomphe during the ceremony to commemorate the Armistice of 11 November 1918, which marked the end of World War I.

Hubert Germain, who was the last surviving the Resistance fighter honoured by late Free France leader Charles de Gaulle, died aged 101 in October.

His coffin draped in the French flag was carried up the Champs-Elysées on an armoured vehicle to the Arc de Triomphe, where Macron and visiting American vice-president Kamala Harris paid their respects.

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