One of the last French heroes of the WWII resistance dies at the age of 100

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PARIS – One of the last surviving heroes of the French resistance against the Nazi occupation, Edgard Tupet-Thome, has died at the age of 100, leaving only three others alive out of the more than 1,000 who received the Charles de Gaulle’s highest order of bravery, officials said. Wednesday.The death of Tupet-Thome was announced on Twitter by the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who expressed “deep sadness” at his death.

That leaves only three people – Daniel Cordier, Hubert Germain and Pierre Simonet – still alive out of 1038 decorated with the Order of the Liberation for their heroism by the leader of the resistance and later President de Gaulle.

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After the invasion of France by German Nazi forces in World War II, Tupet-Thome helped British forces evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk.

He was taken prisoner by the Germans but managed to escape by being transferred to Germany and joined the resistance as a parachutist.

He was sent to Great Britain for training and then carried out daring raids in Britain, the Jura and the Netherlands. It was also deployed to the French islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon off the Atlantic coast of Canada.

After the war, Tupet-Thome left military life and worked as an administrator in Tunisia and then in various companies.

Out of more than 1,000 heroes of the resistance, a third died in combat and 80% of the survivors were wounded in combat.



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