Keyword: French Resistance
Raymond Aubrac, one of France’s greatest wartime Resistance figures, who died aged 97 on April 10th, was laid to rest earlier this week in a ceremony with military honours at Les Invalides in Paris, where a choir sang the anthem of the Resistance movement, Le Chant des Partisans. His ashes were later buried in Burgundy alongside those of his wife and life-long companion Lucie, a heroine of the Resistance who died in 2007. The brevity of the tribute paid to Aubrac by the French presidential office highlighted the unease that the glorious dead can cause among the far-from-glorious living, writes Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel, who pays tribute here to a man who espoused the cause of resistance right up to his death, and whose unfailing combat for equality, social justice and fraternity was fired by unvanquished optimism.
Raymond Aubrac, one of the last leaders of the French Resistance movemlent against German occupation in WWII, has died in Paris aged 97.