French Resistance hero Lucie Aubrac dies

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - Wartime French Resistance heroine, Lucie Aubrac, died Wednesday in a Paris hospital at the age of 94, her family said.

PARIS, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - Wartime French Resistance heroine, Lucie Aubrac, died Wednesday in a Paris hospital at the age of 94, her family said.

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

Born Lucie Bertrand on June 29, 1912 to a Burgundy winemaking family, Aubrac became a history and geography teacher. After the Nazis occupied France, she helped set up one of the first underground networks in southern France which had been formed by her husband.

He was detained alongside resistance legend Jean Moulin, who was killed by the Nazis. Aubrac and other resistance fighters freed Raymond Aubrac and 13 other resistance members from a Lyon prison.

Two films were made about Aubrac and her wartime heroism: "Lucie Aubrac" and "Boulevard des Hirondelles."

In 1944, Aubrac, her husband and their first child fled to London to join Charles de Gaulle's exiled administration.

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