Algerian WWII hero wins pension, dies 'destitute'

14th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

POITIERS, France, May 13 (AFP) - An Algerian veteran who fought for France in World War II was awarded 30 years' worth of pension arrears earlier this month, three months after dying destitute back home in Algeria.

POITIERS, France, May 13 (AFP) - An Algerian veteran who fought for France in World War II was awarded 30 years' worth of pension arrears earlier this month, three months after dying destitute back home in Algeria.  

Tahar Saim served with French forces in World War II and from 1975 was paid a pension of EUR 76 (USD 95) a month, compared with the EUR 427 (USD 540) paid to a French ex-serviceman.  

On May 4 a court in the western French town of Poitiers ordered that he be paid the full amount, backdated to August 1975, and gave the authorities two months to comply.  

"I had Tahar Saim's daughter on the telephone and she told me that he had died three months ago in Algeria in total poverty," lawyer Baghdad Hemaz told reporters Friday.  

Saim was conscripted in October 1937. He was a prisoner of war from June 1940 until September 1942 and then joined the Free French forces.

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