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French Resistance hero dies at 94
Lucie Aubrac
Mrs Aubrac also campaigned for human rights
The wartime French Resistance hero, Lucie Aubrac, has died in Paris at the age of 94, her family has said.

Mrs Aubrac became known for her role in helping her husband, Raymond, a leader of the anti-Nazi resistance, escape from German detention in June 1943.

Because their cover had been blown, Aubrac and her family fled to London to join Charles de Gaulle's Free French government-in-exile.

Two films were made about Lucie Aubrac and her wartime heroism.

Born Lucie Bertrand on 29 June 1912 to a Burgundy winemaking family, Mrs Aubrac became a history and geography teacher.

Outwitting the Gestapo

After the Nazis occupied France, she helped set up one of the first underground networks in southern France, Liberation-sud, which had been formed by her husband.

In 1943, he was detained alongside high-ranking Resistance member Jean Moulin, who was killed by the Nazis.

Aubrac and other resistance fighters freed Raymond Aubrac and 13 other members of the movement from a Lyon prison.

After fleeing to London, she eventually returned to teaching. She also campaigned for human rights.

In 1984, Lucie Aubrac published her memoirs Ils partiront dans l'ivresse (Outwitting the Gestapo).


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