Resistance man who smuggled submarine plans dies

27th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - Elie-Jacques Picard, a leading French resistance member who smuggled to the Allies plans of the German submarine base at Toulon, has died at the age of 86, an association of resistance veterans said Wednesday.

PARIS, June 27, 2007 (AFP) - Elie-Jacques Picard, a leading French resistance member who smuggled to the Allies plans of the German submarine base at Toulon, has died at the age of 86, an association of resistance veterans said Wednesday.

Based on the Mediterranean coast for the resistance group "Combat", Picard brought the plans to Lyon from where they were transferred to London. The U-boat base in Toulon port was subsequently pulverised by Allied bombing.

Picard was arrested in 1944 and spent several months in Dachau concentration camp. In 1987 he was a witness at the French trial of the Gestapo chief in Lyon Klaus Barbie.

He later became professor of physics at Paris university. He died on June 12.


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